The Very Impatient Caterpillar Activities for Reading Comprehension

The Very Impatient Caterpillar works really hard to become a butterfly. This hilarious story written by Ross Burach is so cute and full of fun facts. I love reading this book in the spring when we get our caterpillars and begin our butterfly lifecycle journals. I just had to make some activities to go along with this story. This literature extension pack is filled with comprehension strategies that you can use and differentiate for all your learners. There are also writing and word work activities as well as a few fun math games too. Students will have fun creating the impatient caterpillar craft in his foldable chrysalis.


The Very Impatient Caterpillar activities included:

Reading Strategies:

  • Predicting 3 options
  • Check for Understanding 2 options
  • Fiction or Non-Fiction
  • My Opinion
  • Problem & Solution
  • Character Analysis 2 options
  • Character Feeling
  • Message
  • Main Idea & Details
  • Point of View 2 options
  • Text Connections
  • Retelling B, M, & E 3 options
  • Sequencing Cut &. Paste 2 options
  • Features of Fiction
  • Questions
  • Inference
  • Author’s Purpose


  • List/Web Things that make me Impatient
  • Retell Prewriting & Writing
  • Opinion Prewriting & Writing


  • Roll, Subtract, Move Caterpillar Time
  • Metamorphosized Roll and Move
  • Caterpillar Spin and Add

Colorful Posters

  • 6 questions on a ring
  • Main idea
  • Details/sequencing cards words only
  • Characters
  • Setting
  • Sees, does, thinks, feels with 4 matching cards for each one
  • Message posters 3 options

Caterpillar is a Chrysalis Craft

“Is it time yet?” Letters for Bulletin Board


  • ABC Order
  • Syllables
  • Word Search
  • Vocabulary
  • Punctuation
  • Making Words

You may also like the sequel The Little Butterfly that Could

©Megan Mitchell