My most requested and popular lesson plans for TK “push-in” speech and language lessons were Eric Carle’s books. It made my teaching very effective and the lessons stuck.
For Brown Bear, Brown Bear, I used the “Where is Thumbkin?” music to teach Brown Bear “lyrics” such that all of my TK non-English speakers could read the words, with just a few lessons. They would sing it during their recesses.
For “The Hungry Caterpillar”, each student made a copy of each page of the book on 9 x 12 construction paper with each of the “eaten” items containing large holes. The pages were then laminated and bound together (and I re-cut the holes!). The children then all made chenille Hungry Caterpillars and “read/retold” the story while having their caterpillars travel/eat through each item. Very powerful, effective and memory-boosting. The parents loved each “book” we recreated and loved that their children could re-read each page.
With the Hermit Crab, we made large “shells” and had the children bring items that they would bring to a new home.
Going to miss his creativity.