the Caterpillar Earns Her Wings
& Picture by Lori Rewis
caterpillar is six
years old. She is a happy caterpillar who loves to play.
Carlie is in Mrs. Waters
the Butterfly's kindergarten class at Brighter Day Primary
School. A new student named Baylee had recently moved into Mrs.
Waters' homeroom. She was a very shy caterpillar and no one ever
talked to her.
One day Carlie the caterpillar was playing with
some friends during recess. They were running around playing
chase like they always do. Suddenly, Carlie saw Baylee sitting by
tree all alone. Carlie began to think of what Mrs. Waters always
them about earning their wings. Mrs. Waters always said that if
they would treat others with kindness then they
would earn their wings.
Carlie thought about how Baylee
must feel coming to a new school and not having any friends.
She decided to go over and talk to Baylee. They talked about
school, books they like to read, and what they like to do during the
summer. Carlie asked Baylee if she would like to join the others
in playing chase. Baylee decided to and she had a great
Mrs. Waters saw what Carlie had done and she told
school how proud of her she was. Carlie said that she really
earn her wings but that earning a new friend was much more
important. She learned that being nice to others not only makes
that person feel good but it also made her feel good too. Mrs.
Waters told Carlie that she learned an important lesson and she
deserved her wings. Carlie was so excited that she started to
jump up and down, but as soon as she jumped up in the air she began to
fly. Carlie had truly earned her wings.
Activity for Lesson Using Critical
After sharing your creative
writing story with your students, have your
students use their critical thinking skills to answer the following
questions to write or dictate their story. After writing their
stories, have the students draw a picture using the Paint program to
illustrate their story.
Critical thinking questions to ask
students that would change your
story to their story:
1. How would you change the main
2. Where would your story take
3. What would happen to the main
character in your story? (Plot)
4. How would your story end?
I taught this lesson to one first grader and one third grader on May
22, 2005. The students really enjoyed writing their own story and
using MS Paint to draw their picture.
Once there was a little country boy named Billy Bob. He was
scared of everything. One night he spent the night at his
friend's house and all of the scary thoughts popped out of his head.
Once there was a dog named Spot. He was not afraid of anything at
all but thunderstorms and cats.