My students were so excited to get a caterpillar. I have to admit, I was pretty excited too!
I have never watched a caterpillar go through the life cycle and didn’t know much about it. As I started researching about Monarchs, I found so much to teach. For the beginning of the school year, I knew I needed to break up the life cycle to make it easy for my first graders to understand. I decided to write a text about each stage of the life cycle and knew it would be the perfect way to introduce text coding for the first time this year.
I projected the text to model text coding. We marked the main idea, unknown words, and key details. Then we took notes on the key ideas that we wanted to remember.