I’m a Caterpillar Resource Set

Lesson Plans • Resources • Activities
Preview the Resources Download the Resources Buy the Book

Summary

I’m a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo

Introduce young readers to nonfiction with this informational text about the life cycle of a caterpillar. Pair this book’s colorful illustrations and approachable text with these complete mini lessons to have students asking questions, identifying the author’s purpose, making inferences and predications, and synthesizing with ease.

Teach with I’m a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Comprehension Strategy Lesson Plans
  • Page by Page Guided Think Sheets
  • Text Based Reader’s Notebook Prompts
  • Word Work Lesson Plan and Activities for Short “i” sound “–it”,”-ip”, “-in” Word Families
  • Interactive Vocabulary Games and Activities
  • Running Record Assessment
  • Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment
  • Extension Activities for Early Finishers
  • Answer Keys
  • Complete Common Core Alignment
  • and More!
Download
Common Core Alignment
  • Asking Questions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.4 RI.1.5 RI.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Identifying the Author's Purpose: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.2 RI.1.3 RI.1.5 RI.1.7 RI.1.8 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Inferences: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.3 RI.1.4 RI.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Making Predictions: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.3 RI.1.5 RI.1.6 RI.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Synthesizing: L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.2 RI.1.3 RI.1.5 RI.1.7 RI.1.8 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8
  • Word Work: RF.1.3 RF.1.4
  • Vocabulary: L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6
  • Take a Closer Look at the
    I’m a Caterpillar Resource Set

    Asking Questions with I’m a Caterpillar

    Spark your students natural curiosity about the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly with Jean Marzollo's I'm a Caterpillar. Channel their curiosity into a mini lesson focused on asking questions to better understand this amazing process.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.4 RI.1.5 RI.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Identifying the Author's Purpose with I’m a Caterpillar

    Use I'm a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo to work with students on identifying the author's purpose and show them that informational texts can also be entertaining! This mini lesson prompts students to stop and think about why the author wrote certain pages the way she did and what the author's reasoning might have been for writing the book.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.2 RI.1.3 RI.1.5 RI.1.7 RI.1.8 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Making Inferences with I’m a Caterpillar

    Because young readers usually have some background experience with the life cycle of a caterpillar, I'm a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo is a natural fit for a making inferences mini lesson. The colorful and detailed illustrations support practicing this comprehension strategy without being dependent on the text.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.3 RI.1.4 RI.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Making Predictions with I’m a Caterpillar

    After every few pages in I'm a Caterpillar, author Jean Marzollo includes a “cliff-hanger” where students can predict what will happen next. Readers can then check their thinking by turning the page and discovering if their prediction was correct or incorrect.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.3 RI.1.5 RI.1.6 RI.1.7 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 SL.1.5 W.1.5 W.1.8

    Synthesizing with I’m a Caterpillar

    Use the engaging life cycle of a butterfly as a springboard for comprehension strategy work focused on synthesizing. This sometimes difficult concept is made easier with this step-by-step mini lesson that has students pausing and "thinking about their thinking" while reading Jean Marzollo's I'm a Caterpillar.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.6 RF.1.1 RF.1.2 RI.1.1 RI.1.10 RI.1.2 RI.1.3 RI.1.5 RI.1.7 RI.1.8 SL.1.1b SL.1.2 SL.1.3 W.1.5 W.1.8

    I’m a Caterpillar Extension Activity

    The BookPagez extension activities are a great way to push student engagement beyond the pages of the text. Try using this activity with early finishers, with students who show a deeper connection with the text, or as a center activity.

    I’m a Caterpillar Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of I’m a Caterpillar. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    I’m a Caterpillar Common Core Aligned Comprehension Assessment

    Use this Common Core aligned comprehension assessment to evaluate students' comprehension of I’m a Caterpillar.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes comprehension strategy practice pages, Reader's Notebook prompts (complete with Spanish Common Core "I Can" statements), and extension activities for use with I’m a Caterpillar by Jean Marzollo. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Super Pack for this book.

    I’m a Caterpillar Word Work

    I’m a Caterpillar is not only an excellent anchor text for teaching comprehension strategies, but it also pairs well with a phonics lesson about short "i" sound -it, -ip, -in word families. Either download the I’m a Caterpillar Super Pack or this individual Word Work package to access lesson plans, interactive games and fun worksheets that directly tie word study to your classroom reading.
    Common Core Alignment:

    RF.1.3 RF.1.4

    I’m a Caterpillar Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy I’m a Caterpillar, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the I’m a Caterpillar Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.1.4a L.1.5c L.1.6

    Plan Faster and Discover New Ways to Use the Books in Your School and Classroom Libraries

    With a Premium Membership to BookPagez you get unlimited access to thousands of mini lessons for hundreds of books.

    Whether you want to focus on comprehension or word work, you'll find exactly what you need inside of our comprehensive Resource Library.

    Upgrade below and print everything you need to deliver balanced literacy instruction using popular and award-winning children's literature.

    Teach Every Reader How to Comprehend and Enjoy Children’s Books

    • GET STARTED RISK-FREE •

    Try us in your classroom for 30 days. If you aren’t completely satisfied, we’ll refund your subscription – No questions asked!

    Monthly Subscription

    $6.99 / month
    Unlimited Downloads
    Billed Monthly
    Cancel Anytime

    BONUS
    New members get a $5 Amazon Gift Card
    Subscribe

    Other Resources You Might Like