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Other references


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle (there are many editions and reprints of this book ; any of these is fine)
Days of the week written on card
Chart showing the alphabet in upper and lower case
Individual cards of upper and lower case letters of the alphabet 
Paper or small whiteboards and markers for all students

A life Cycle App for iPhones 
The Children’s Butterfly Site 
The Butterfly Site 
Lifecycle of the Monarch butterfly video on YouTube
The making of The Very Hungry Caterpillar narrated by Eric Carle on YouTube
Life cycle diagrams on the Springboard Magazine website


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Factual texts about butterflies and insects
Play dough
Digital camera

Informative and imaginative texts on the theme of butterflies, caterpillars and insects. For example:

  • Bugs & Minibeasts by Barbara Taylor, Jen Green and John Farndon
  • Minibeasts by Gerald Legg
  • The Crunching Munching Caterpillar by Sheridan Cain and Jack Tickle
  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Anita Ganeri
  • From Caterpillar to Butterfly by Sally Morgan
  • How the Butterflies Came to Be by John Carr
  • Butterfly by Lisa Magloff
  • Macmillan Science Kids reader series


For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool
Alphabet hunt worksheet
Alphabet hunt solutions worksheet
Alphabet cards


Informative and imaginative texts on the theme of animals. For example:

  • Swimmers and Thieves & Rascals by Alison Ballance
  • I Love You, Little Monkey by Alan Durant and Katharine McEwen
  • Zen Tails series by Peter Whitfield and Nancy Bevington
  • Tiger’s Story by Harriet Blackford and Manya Stojic
  • How Living Things Grow series by Anita Ganeri, Heinemann
  • Giving Thanks by Jonathan London
  • P is for Pakistan by Shazia Razzak and Prodeepta Das
  • National Geographic readers


For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool
Animal Colours by Beth Fielding

The Australian Geographic website
Taronga Zoo, Sydney website
The Australian Museum, Sydney website


The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
For All Creatures by Glenda Millard and Rebecca Cool
Animal Colours by Beth Fielding
Digital camera
Pattern and shape hunt worksheet



KWL chart
Informative texts on the theme of spiders 
Red, blue and green card for making colour coded sentences

Informative and imaginative texts on the theme of spiders. For example:

  • The Big Bug Book: Discover the amazing world of beetles, bugs, butterflies, moths, insects and spiders by Barbara Taylor, Dr Jen Green and John Farndon
  • Spiders and Other Arachnids by Ron Thomas
  • Fact File: Spiders & insects by Michael Cermak
  • From Egg to Spider by Anita Ganeri
  • The Very Busy Spider by Eric Carle
  • Incy Wincy Spider by Kate Toms 
  • Spinners & Weavers by Alison Ballance


One Hungry Spider by Jeannie Baker
Digit and number word cards
Sentence building worksheet
Sentence writing worksheet

The Spiders & other arachnids page at the Australian Museum, Sydney website
The Australian spiders page on the Australian Reptile Park website


One Hungry Spider by Jeannie Baker
Blank caterpillar cloze worksheet
Caterpillar cloze worksheet with initial sounds supplied
Caterpillar cloze worksheet with missing words supplied



Incy Wincy Spider by Kate Toms

YouTube clip of Incy Wincy Spider
Incy Wincy Spider by Keith Chapman and Jack Tickle


An Australian 1, 2, 3 of Animals by Bronwyn Bancroft
Digit and number word cards

Indigenous themed informative and imaginative texts. For example:

  • Why I Love Australia by Bronwyn Bancroft
  • A Home for Bilby by Joanne Crawford and Grace Fielding
  • Enora and the Black Crane by Arone Raymond Meeks
  • An Aboriginal Story series compiled by Pamela Lofts
  • Growing up at Uluru by Stan Breeden
  • Art + Soul: A personal journey into the world of Aboriginal art by Hetti Perkins
  • Aboriginal Art & Culture by Jane Bingham
  • Caring for Country by Trish Albert


What We Count, Then And Now published by Indij Readers

Examples of modern and traditional art making methods illustrated on cards

Indij Readers website

Indigenous Australia website

Article on Australian Indigenous art on the Australian Government website


Creative Cowboy films website

The Dust Echoes section of the ABC website

Additional teacher resources

For information on visual grammar and classroom application:

For information on the Balanced Literacy Program including Modelled, Guided/Joint construction and Independent reading and writing: