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Douglas Florian Poem 2

 

INSECTLOPEDIA by Douglas Florian

Introduction: "The Caterpillar" by Douglas Florian uses fun and whimsical language combined with such wonderful imagery that one must share it aloud. This poem fits right in with the butterfly unit in science.  Florian's scientific facts, humor, and play with words will be a treat for the students.
 
"The Caterpillar"
 
She eats eight leaves at least
To fill her,
Which leaves her like a
Fatterpillar,
Then rents a room inside
A pupa,
And checks out: Madame Butterfly--
How super!
 
Taken From:
 
Florian, Douglas. 1998. INSECTLOPEDIA: POEMS AND
     PAINTINGS. San Diego: Harcourt, Brace and Company.
     ISBN: 0152013067.
 
 
Extension: Invite the students to do a choral reading with this poem or any of the poems in the book INSECTLOPEDIA. 
 
"The Caterpillar" is a poem by Florian that can be used to discuss the use of  word play.
 
After reading the poem and further discussion on the life-cylce of a butterfly, the children could illustrate the four stages of the butterfly's life cycle or create life-cycle wheels.
 

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