Caterpillar Dreams

Age Range: 5 - 11

Two curly caterpillars dream of all the things they will do when they become butterflies. Autumn comes, and they settle down to sleep, eager to wake up and have their dream realised. But Nature has a different dream, a different plan for them...


Book Author: Jeanne Willis

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Teaching Ideas and Resources:

English

  • Make up your own story about an animal’s dreams.
  • Some of the sentences in the story are quite short. Can you use connectives to turn them into longer sentences? Does this improve the story?
  • Look at the use of punctuation in the story. Why has the author used exclamation marks / speech marks / ellipses at different points?
  • Retell the story from the point of view of the butterfly or the moth.
  • Make up a poem that expresses how the butterfly feels when she cannot find her sister.
  • Make a list of all of the verbs in the story (e.g. sip, flit, bathe). What do these words mean? Can you sort them into different groups?
  • Make a list of words and phrases that the author uses to describe the setting of the story (e.g. skies of forget-me-not blue, in the wild grass).
  • Write about a memorable dream that you have had recently.

Science

  • Find out about the life cycles of butterflies.
  • Can you explain how moths and butterflies are similar / different?

Computing

  • Find recordings of different sounds from nature. Can you use audio editing software to combine these?

Design Technology

  • Make a model of a butterfly or a moth.

Art

  • Use photos of the creatures mentioned in the story as the starting point for your own illustrations.
  • How has the illustrator created the pictures. Could you make some pictures in a similar style?

Music

  • Compose a tune that could accompany the dreams of a butterfly or a moth.

Geography

  • Find out about moths and butterflies that live in your country. Can you find out about moths and butterflies that live in other countries?

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