Thursday, October 18, 2012


One of the wonderful topics we manage to squeeze into every October is: BATS! We have a lot of fun with this unit.  The kids are able to learn some amazing bat facts as well as enjoy some great fiction.  We even do some non-fiction writing so this is a great way to include some non-fiction for the Common Core Standards, right?  We have a great time learning about bats.  Here are a few of the books I read:

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Bats by Gail Gibbons
Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats by Ann Earle

Starting with my favorite, Stellaluna!  I have a big book of Stellaluna and I love the humor in the illustrations of this book.  The baby birds trying to be like Stellaluna is great.  Poor Stellaluna trying to eat bugs (she is a fruit bat) is priceless.  The kids are a little confused about the light shining out of her eyes at night in one picture so we have a discussion about how bats can see better in low light (and they use echolocation).

She saw a house, some pumpkins, and fruit.

She saw her Mom and her Dad and some fruit.

She saw a cat and books and a flag.  (This smart little girl looked at labels in our room!)

She saw a dog and a bee and a flower.

At the end of the week, we made a bat facts book.  The kids dictated their fact to me . I type it on my laptop which is projected up on the big screen in the front of the room.  Then they go to the printer, pick up their paper, and illustrate it.  Love the little bats!

Have a batty week!!!


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