25 June Eric Carle’s Birthday

It’s Eric Carle’s birthday. Watch him reading maybe his most famous story, The Very Hungry Caterpillar on: http://www.eric-carle.com/ec_reads_vhc.html

If you have told the children an Eric Carle story, you could read it again and tell the children that today is his birthday.  You could even download a photo of Eric from Google pictures like I’ve done here and ask the children to sing Happy Birthday to him.

Check out his official website:

http://www.eric-carle.com/home.html and get ideas for exploiting his stories from other teachers on:

http://www.eric-carle.com/catexchange.html

One of my favourite stories by Eric Carle is The Very Busy Spider. Check out this video with lots of activities about spiders and a nice introduction to the story.

Then let the children watch the story on:

For ideas for introducing the story see:

http://www.atozteacherstuff.com/pages/451.shtml

Check out this website for activities to go with the story: http://www.hubbardscupboard.org/the_very_busy_spider.html has useful printables to tell or re-tell the story.

or on the topic of spiders see: http://mrskilburnkiddos.wordpress.com/thematic-units/spiders/

Also see: http://deepspacesparkle.blogspot.com/search/label/Eric%20Carle for some fantastic, Eric Carle inspired art lessons.

Check out: http://www.carlemuseum.org/shop for some gorgeous Eric Carle things.  Love the fabrics to make storybags.

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