A Web Quest for 1st Grade

Designed by Sara Byrne

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teachers | Reflection



         Have you ever wondered how caterpillars turn into beautiful butterflies? Caterpillars go through many changes in their life, just like we do!  Why did the caterpillar eat so much food? Why did he go in a cocoon and sleep?  How did the caterpillar wake up into a butterfly?  After reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, you should have a little idea of the life of a butterfly!  This web quest will help you understand the process of change from a caterpillar to a butterfly.









       When you are done with this web quest you will have reflected on your knowledge of butterflies, researched facts about Eric Carle and research information about caterpillars’ life cycles.  By learning about what caterpillars eat before they become a butterfly, you will reflect on foods you eat.  The final project is creating your own butterfly that is hatching out of a cocoon.






Task #1

Your First job is to create a K-W-L Chart about caterpillars.  Your piece of paper should look similar to this:





Want to Know

Want to Learn




Task #2

Your next job is to learn a little bit about Eric Carle.  Eric Carle is the author and illustrator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.  Watch this short movie clip to learn more.  Just click on the link that says “Watch” Then click on the movie called,  How a green worm became a beautiful butterfly.”





Task #3  

Learn some interesting facts about caterpillars and butterflies by reading this website.  Click on the purple links to learn about butterfly life cycles and basic information. When you are finished reading the information, recreate the life cycle of a butterfly on a piece of construction paper.   Divide the paper into four sections by folding the paper in half and then in half again.  Using those squares will show a part of the cycle in each box.






Task #4

The caterpillar ate a lot of food during the story, didn’t it?  Do you eat that much? Keep a journal of the food you eat and beverages you drink for the week.  Begin on Monday and end on Friday.  Use regular notebook paper to begin your journal. You can create the cover page as you wish.  Inside the journal should be six pieces of notebook paper.  They should be stapled together like a book.  Include breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The last/sixth page should include a comparison of the foods you eat with the foods the caterpillar ate.



Task #5

Butterflies are such neat creatures! Create one of your own! Use this website to get the directions!





Task #6

You are almost finished! Have you learned some new information about butterflies?  Look back at your KWL Chart that you created in Task #1.  Rewrite what you have learned during this web quest.  Use a sheet of notebook paper to list at least five facts or pieces of information you have learned.





















KWL Chart

KWL Chart has all three components with at least ten ideas written down

KWL Chart has all three components and had 5-9 ideas written down

KWL Chart was not complete with all three components and less than 5 ideas written down

KWL Chart was not provided

Butterfly Life Cycle

Butterfly life cycle was complete with all four parts of it's life cycle in correct order

Butterfly life cycle was complete with four parts of it's life cycle out of order

Butterfly life cycle was missing parts of it's life cycle

Butterfly life cycle was not provided

Food Journal

Food Journal is complete with five days worth of entries (breakfast/lunch/dinner/snack) and includes a comparison of foods (caterpillar/self)

Food Journal is filled out for five days but is missing the comparison

Food Journal is filled out for less than five days

There is no Food Journal provided

Butterfly Craft Project

The Butterfly craft is complete with all necessary parts and is in good condition

Butterfly craft is put together properly but is missing more than one part

The Butterfly craft is poorly put together and shows no effort in coloring/decorating

Butterfly craft is not provided

Butterfly Fact List

The fact list has five or more facts written down neatly with no errors

The fact list has 4 or more facts written down with several errors

The fact list provided has less than 4 facts written down

There is no fact list provided







 You did it! You are now a Caterpillar and Butterfly Expert! You have learned about Eric Carle and his story, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” you reflected on different foods you ate and what the caterpillar ate, you studied the life cycle of a butterfly and you

created you very own butterfly! Congratulations!  Now for some fun! This website has some interesting butterfly facts you can look at! For example, did you know that butterflies can fly up to 12 miles an hour! Moths can fly at about 25 miles an hour!










Thanks to the following web sites and people!



*This web quest template came from http://webquest.sdsu.edu/LessonTemplate.html

*This web quest was based off the book, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

*The animation of my email address, the animated butterflies and the font for the title of this Web Quest came from Flamingtext.com!

*These beautiful little butterfly thumbnail pictures came from http://butterflywebsite.com/clipart/constructtable.cfm

*The clip art of the colorful fall leaves cames from Microsoft Wordã Clip Art.

*The picture of “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” came from http://www.literacyconnections.com/ItemId/0399226907/image





Teacher’s Page


Title – The Very Hungry Caterpillar


Topic - This web quest is called, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”  It is based off of the Eric Carle story of the same name.  This project involves several aspects.  It deals with fictional and non-fictional activities. 


Audience – The target grade for this web quest is first grade.  It requires some parental help.  The only help that should be given is for the reading material.


Purpose – This web quest is to enhance the reading of Eric Carle’s “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”  This reading web quest integrates science, technology, writing and art. 


How Does This Relate to the Curriculum? – This story fits into a mini unit the first grade does on Eric Carle.  It also fits into the math curriculum by providing enrichment in telling time.