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An Eric Carle author study can lead students to study a variety of subjects including ocean life, life cycles, and symbiotic relationships.
Students gain appreciation for the work of Eric Carle. They speculate about a work of art, what materials, techniques and skills were used. They study Carle's work to determine how he did it and explore various water color techniques.
Students explore the writings and illustrations of Eric Carle and model the creation of their own book on his works. A variety of styles are employed in the presentation of the projects to the rest of the class.
Students examine the illustrating work of Eric Carle. They discuss how the illustrations are made and then decorate their room by creating artwork in the same style.
Students learn about and discuss the Internet. Students find out about new uses for the Internet. With the guidance of their teacher, they explore Eric Carle's web page, and other locations online. Then they complete various interdisciplinary activities using Carle's books as inspiration.
Fifth graders read a book by Eric Carle about animals. They identify the different animals throughout the book and research one of their choice. They write and draw a picture of their animal.
Students explore and research general information about Eric Carle using the Internet and his books. They use the Writing Process to create a letter and/or reinforce writing skills to discover characteristics of mammals and birds.
Learners research the Caldecott Medal and its criteria for awarding a single book annually with this prestigious award. In this Caldecott Winner lesson plan, students compare and contrast various art forms from different book winners from the last 60 years, and organize the outstanding criteria using teacher selected graphic organizers.
Introduce young readers to Eric Carle, one of the most popular children's authors of our time. Complementing the reading his books, 11 activities are provided in this lesson series that engage children in learning about a range of topics, from basic counting and days of the week to parts of the body and plant growth. Plan to work through all of these activities if time permits, otherwise pick and choose those that best meet the needs of your class. Consider even developing your own activities to supplement in the lesson series by researching other books of his that offer cross-curricular connections. 
An author study PowerPoint introduces the author and illustrator, Eric Carle. The slides contain a variety of information about the author; such as a list of his books, examples of his art work, and details of his personal life. The slides are colorful and have real photographs. Carle is one of the most beloved children's authors of all time, so this presentation should be well-received.
Students explore the process of illustrating books. For this language arts lesson, students create an illustration based upon the style of Eric Carle. Students note the characteristics of his illustrations and create an illustration of their own using tempera paint.
Students explore butterfly life cycles and movement.  In this integrated fine arts and biology life cycle lesson, students listen to the book The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle and identify the related life cycle stages. Students view a slide show about metamorphosis, then brainstorm ways in which a butterfly moves. Students identify and practice elements of dance (explained in the lesson), then work with a group to choreograph a "butterfly dance."
Students make a chart showing the life cycle of butterflies. In this butterfly life cycle lesson, students refer to Eric Carle's The Very Hungry Caterpillar and their experience with Painted Lady Butterflies in their classroom when making a chart showing the four stages of a butterfly's life cycle.
Providing a template for a discussion of Eric Carle and his works, this presentation has empty spaces left specifically for adding pictures and information about this author. This exploration of Carle is only rudimentary, but a novel idea for an author discussion. If supplementary information is added, this could be a great resource.
Students examine the life and artwork of author/artist Eric Carle. They analyze the technique of collage, and create their own collage pictures.
Fifth graders write a paragraph about what makes their school so special. They create collage seahorses and display their work on a bulletin board decorated in the style of illustrator Eric Carle.
Students read and act out Eric Carle's pop-up book "The Honeybee and the Robber". In this story simulation lesson, students reenact specific actions of characters from the book. They follow exact patterns to simulate ways animals from the story see, hear, smell, touch, and taste.
Second graders analyze color theory and collage techniques through the creation of collages in the style of artist/author Eric Carle. Color experiments and may hands-on section allow this lesson to be very informative and fun for the class.
First graders are exposed to addition of three whole numbers in a math activity centered around Eric Carle's, The Very Hungry Caterpillar. As the teacher reads, young mathematicians use counters and ten-frames to symbolize the number of things the caterpillar ate. Pupils also write an equation that shows the adding of the counters. By the end of the story, the youngsters will have figured out the correct number of things eaten while having developed an understanding of base-ten structure and counting on. Ten-frames are not included in the activity.
Young scholars investigate color words. In this vocabulary, high frequency words, and technology instructional activity, students visit various websites to practice reading color words. Young scholars listen to Eric Carle books and observe the illustrations, identifying the color words and objects that represent this color.

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