The Very Hungry Caterpillar Summer Camp

Award Amount: $105.00
Volunteer(s): Lupe Perez
Locations(s): Al-Yarout
Dates(s): July 17-21, 2011
Participants: 31 girls and 15 boys ages 4-7

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Summer Camp used Eric Carle’s book as the framework for a one week summer camp for children in grades kindergarten to 3rd grade. Every day we had two sessions with the exception of the last day. Kindergarten and 1st grade had the first session and 2nd and 3rd grade had the second session.

Each day the book was read and followed up with an activity that drew upon a theme from the book. The first day’s theme was numbers. Kindergarten and 1st graders made a caterpillar where each part of the caterpillar was a number and resulted in 10 parts. Grades 2nd to 3rd grade did the same activity except that instead of concentrating on numbers 1-10 they concentrated on 10-100 in 10 increments. In addition, they did worksheets tracing the words, numbers and matching the corresponding word to the corresponding number. The second day’s theme was days of the week and for older kids we added a second theme which was fruit vocabulary. The student’s played a matching days of the week game. The days of the week were written in Arabic and English and they had to match the day of the week in English and Arabic. The older students also played BINGO with fruit vocabulary. The third day’s theme was colors. The students both learned the colors in English, the color wheel and had an opportunity to watercolor pictures of butterflies and caterpillars. The fourth day’s theme was the butterfly cycle. They all drew the butterfly cycle, made a caterpillar and watercolored a butterfly. On the final day we reviewed everything and distributed the certificates.

We used the funds from Friends of Jordan to buy art supplies (glue, construction paper, watercolors, tracing paper, coloring books), copies, and the pop up version of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar”.


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