Eric Carle

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Eric Carle

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

The Very Quiet Cricket

A House for Hermit Crab

The Grouchy Ladybug

A growing caterpillar is very hugry. He eats an assortment of different foods to try and full his cravings. He ends up eating too much and goes into a cocoon to rest. Two weeks later the little caterpillar emerges as a beautiful butterfly.

This picture book is about a grouchy ladybug who does not want to share his food with a friendly ladybug. He tried to pick a fight with the friendly ladybug, but said that it wasn’t big enough to fight, so he flew off to find someone bigger. Every animal he encountered and asked to fight, he backed out and said they weren’t big enough. He even tried to fight a whale. In the end, he returned to the leaf where the friendly ladybug was and shared the food.

This is a short picture book about a little cricket. As he meets all the other insects, the cricket tries to chirp but is unable to make a sound. He continuously tries to greet all the insects with no luck. Finally at night, he meets another girl cricket and is able to make sound!

Eric Carle

This picture book follows a hermit crab as he looks for a new home. He has outgrown his shell and sets off through the ocean looking for a new one. He meets other sea creatures along the way, whom he befriends. He gives his old shell to a smaller hermit crab and moves into a new, bigger shell.

Author of:Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?Pancakes, Pancakes!The Tiny SeedDo You Want to Be My Friend?The Mixed-Up ChameleonThe Very Busy SpiderThe Very Lonely FireflyLittle Cloudand many more!

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Personal Reflection:I really enjoyed Carle's books and feel like they are great tools to use within the classroom. The illustrations are appealing to children and the stories are easy to read and comprehend. As someone who has always enjoyed nature and animals, the topics of his books interested me. He writes about animals, but gives them human qualities and conflicts that they must overcome. This makes the stories relatable for the children. Each story has something to teach children too, which I think is important for children's literature. The conflicts are always resolved and a lesson is learned. Books like Carle's can teach students about respect and morales. As a future educator, I can see the value in literature like this. It can be used in the classroom to start discussions on sharing or diversity. Children are able to connect with these characters and learn from them, even though they are not human.

Idea: Teacher will read aloud The Grouchy Ladybug to class. Students will identify main idea of story as the unfriendly ladybug. Teacher will ask students to list ways in which the author shows that the ladybug is not friendly rather than just telling the readers. Teacher will explain that these are important supporting details. Next, the class will work together to brainstorm some ideas for stories. The teacher will draw a two-column chart with the labels adjective and noun. Class will brainstorm different ideas similar to Eric Carle’s grouchy ladybug. For example, sleepy sloth. The students will vote for their favorite and the class will write a short story together about that idea. The teacher will prompt students to give supporting details to support their main idea. The teacher will write as the students share their ideas.Organization: Teacher will read aloud The Grouchy Ladybug. Class will discuss organization of story and identify transitional phrases used in the story. Teacher will ask students to think of alternative transitions that could be used within the story. These phrases will be written on anchor chart. The class will then work collaboratively to rewrite some sections using a variety of phrases.Organization: Teacher will read The Very Quiet Cricket to the class. Students will discuss organization of story and determine that it is organized as problem-solution. Students will identify what the problem was, list the non-solutions, and identify how the character finally solved the problem. Students will then independently write a short narrative organized in problem-solution format. Students will share their writings with the class.Voice: Teacher will read The Grouchy Ladybug to class. Teacher will point out dialouge which shows the characters voice and tone in the story. Teacher and students will collaborate in interactive writing activity to write a continuation of the story using dialouge to show the characters "angry" tone.Word Choice: The teacher will read aloud The Very Hungry Caterpillar to the class. Class will discuss how using descriptive words would enhance the writing. Class will brainstorm words to describe the food that the caterpillar eats and then rewrite a section to include decriptive words.Word Choice: Teacher will read aloud from The Grouchy Caterpillar. Class will discuss how the author could have used a variety of words instead of "grouchy" to describe the character. Teacher will call on students to create a list of synonyms for the term "grouchy" that could have been used in the story. Sentence Flunecy: Teacher will read aloud from The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Teacher will give students multipe simple sentences from the story and ask them to combine them into one complex sentence. Students will share the different ways they combined the sentences. Teacher will emphasize the importance of using a variety of sentences in writing.Conventions: Teacher will use a page from the book A House for Hermit Crab and remove all puncuation. Students will need to use their knowledge of grammar to edit the passage. Students will then work with a partner to see if they used the same puncuation in the passage. Once groups have shared, the teacher will display the original passage on the ELMO for students to compare their own work with. Teacher will use mistakes made by students to explain why their answer was incorrect.Presentation: Teacher will read aloud Eric Carle’s The Very Quiet Cricket and the class will discuss the use of colors, print, and sound (end of the books has a cricket sound playing) and discuss how this enhances the presentation of the writing. The teacher will model how to use PowerPoint by showing how to add text, images, media, etc. Teacher and students will collaborate to make a PowerPoint summarizing The Very Quiet Cricket using images, sound, and text. The teacher will then divide the students into groups of 3 and give each student a laptop. Students will work together to explore and navigate through PowerPoint with the help of their group members.Presentation: Teacher will read aloud The Grouchy Ladybug to class. Teacher will model how to create a conrete poem by writing a description of the book in the shape of a ladybug. Students will then work independently to create a concrete poem of their own in the shape of another character from the book. They will use descriptive words and phrases about the character. The concrete poems will be displayed around the room so that the students can view their peers' work.

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Eric Carle was born in Syracuse, New York, in 1929. He was raised in Germany and attended school there. In 1952, moved back to New York and got a job working for the New York Times working as a graphic designer.When author, Bill Martin Jr, ask Carle to illustrate a story he had written, Carle became inspired to write children's books and illustrate them himself.He uses a unique technique for his illustrations. His art work is done as a collage in which he uses hand-painted papers to create the images.Carle's books often focus on different animals. Children enjoy his work because of the bright, colorful images and the connection to nature.Carle's books can be a great tool to use in the classroom for reading and to teach writing traits!

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