Thematic Thursday Goes from Caterpillar to Butterfly

Thematic Thursday is a weekly teacher linky party focused on the sharing of ideas for a different theme each week. This week's theme is From Caterpillars to Butterflies", and bloggers are asked to share their favorite books and activities with a Caterpillar/Butterfly theme  Feel free to link up your blog post and intended grade level for the resources and ideas you share. You may post links to your free products that fit the them of the week.  
This Pinterest board has been formed to collect our planning sheets as well as other themed resources. Feel free to follow it or pin to your own collection.
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Book Suggestions for the study of 
Caterpillars and Butterflies

The Caterpillar That Ate All Week (Freebie Reader)Get ready for Spring with a mini book study on the Very HuThere are so many wonderful books to choose from with this unit.  I just love Eric Carle's books, so the top of my list is The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In fact, it was one of the first units I put together for my store, but I have since restructured it to be more of a thematic unit on butterflies. You can take a look at that later in this post if you wish.  As I was looking through materials that were available for butterflies, I did come across this adorable emergent reader that could be used in conjunction with this book as well as this simple graphic organizer that could be used with the book.

Butterfly Life Cycle Observation BookletButterfly House by Eve Bunting Guided Reading UnitAnother favorite of mine is The Butterfly House by Eve Bunting.  If you are hatching butterflies, this is a definite must read. It is about a young girl and her grandfather who grow butterflies, and it's so touching. You could use this freebie if you do. My unit is to the left.

Another beautiful book is The Butterfly by Patricia Polacco.  Unfortunately, that is one unit I have not put together.  Even so, she is one of my favorite authors, so if there is a book remotely related by her, you can bet I will talk about it. It is more about World War II and Nazi Germany than butterflies really, but for older readers, it is a great book to share and reflect on.

This last book I used with second grade to help them with life cycle studies. It was perfect for their level and easy to understand. It had wonderful photos and diagrams that explained concepts well.

Fun Activities to Explore
Caterpillars and Butterflies
If you're looking for activities to use with the theme, here are a few fun freebies that accompany this week's theme and book options.
Reading Street, I'm a Caterpillar, Centers and Printables  Butterfly Life Cycle Free   Interactive Butterfly Lifecycle Craft and Poem! 
Life Cycle of a Butterfly FREEBIE Emergent Reader & Printables Butterfly Life Cycle Anchor Posters   Spring Fever Butterflies

Caterpillar and Butterfly Resources from 
Comprehension Connection

Hungry Caterpillar Guided Reading Unit  Butterfly House by Eve Bunting Guided Reading Unit

Video Resources for Butterflies

Amazing Life Cycle of the Monarch Butterfly

Magic School Bus-Butterfly and the Bog Beast

Have a great weekend, and be sure to link up your favorite butterfly resources. post signature


  1. Yowza! Thank you so much for taking the time to share these resources. You are wonderful!

  2. Can't wait to try these resources. Many thanks.


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