Eric Carle Writing Unit of Study

Eric Carle is an amazing author who has created countless books children simply fall in love with. These books can be a great way to spark the imaginations of young writers. We have put together this collection of lessons to help you in using Eric Carle books during your writing workshop.

Eric Carle Biography

Biography Organizer  Use this with the Eric Carle biography to help students organize what they have learned about Carle.

Eric Carle Noticings  Pull together a stack of Eric Carle books and give students the opportunity to explore.  Students “notice” features of Eric Carle books and record them on the caterpillar.

Making Connections with Eric Carle Books  After time has been spent reading Eric Carle books, students practice the skill of making connections.  Students are asked to make a text to text connection, text to self connection and text to world connection.

Animal Organizer  Many Eric Carle books teach children about animals.  Have students choose a favorite animal book written by Eric Carle.  They then complete the organizer to share what they have learned during reading.

Animal Organizer for Writing   This organizer is similar to the above Animal Organizer except it is designed to be a planner for writing.  Students choose their own animal and outline the book they will write using Eric Carle’s style.

Collage Book  After studying the art work of Eric Carle, provide materials for students to create their own collages.  Students write a sentence about their animal using two adjectives and then create a collage of their animal.  These papers can be stapled together to create a class book (we have included a cover) or displayed on the wall.

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  • Connie Casserly April 28, 2013, 8:08 pm

    Great resource. I love how you are creating so many opportunities for children to write.
    Happy Teaching,

  • Breanne Marsh April 29, 2013, 11:45 am

    I love your Eric Carle freebie! I found your blog through Classroom Freebies :)

  • Erin Zinke June 27, 2014, 10:16 am

    I love this Eric Carle biography! Keep going, I would love to see more favorite authors!!!!!


  • Jessica July 2, 2014, 7:34 pm

    I love this resource! Thank you so much. What a great set of worksheets to go with this author.

  • Kim October 12, 2015, 9:59 pm

    How does the collage work? Do they draw them? Cut from magazines and newspapers??

    • Jill & Cathy October 15, 2015, 12:09 pm

      Hi Kim! Thanks for your question. This is pretty much up to you and what you think your students are capable of and/or have the materials to support. In one of our classrooms we used small colored tissue paper pieces and had students use glue sticks to stick the pieces onto their pages. One year we simply used scrap bits of construction paper. Our hope was that it would look similar in style to the illustrations in Eric Carle’s books, but that doesn’t have to be the case.