I'm a little batty about bats! I love to sit outside at twilight and watch them flying around my pool, catching bugs. At my school we can't celebrate or do any activities about Halloween so I focused on bats instead. Students always found them just as fascinating as I do.
My first pick is this adorable little bat craft. It looks so easy and would be a great desk pal during a bat study.
I love this display that collects facts about bats. What a fun way for kid to gather what bats can, are and have facts.
This is a short, but very nice list of free resources about bats. It's a great starting place if you want to create a learning unit about bats.
If you'd like to bring a few bats into your classroom here's a list of bat books. Some are fiction, but most are nonfiction.
Bats by Gail Gibbons
Bats in the Library by Brian Lies
Little Red Bat by Carole Gerber
BATS by Diane Ackerman
Zipping, Zapping and Zooming Bats by Anne Earle
National Geographic Kids, Bats! by Elizabeth Carney
The Truth About Bats by Eva Moore
Bats by Kate Riggs
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Magic School Bus Going Batty by Joanna Cole
What is a Bat? by Bobby Kalman
One more batty idea, well, kind of batty. Since my school district policy said we couldn't have any activities that pertained to Halloween we had to find a way to have fun with the season with other topics. With the bat theme I loved having one of my literature groups read Bunnicula. I know it isn't really about a bat, but the kids loved the Dracula theme! My literature groups were more like book discussion groups. The kids were given a schedule and list of discussion topics. When they met I choose a discussion leader and then sat back and listened to them talk about the book.
There was also required written work that was due at each meeting. The vocabulary activity was kept in their literature notebook and the Comprehension Check was turned in.
When the lit study was finished the kids got to choose from a menu to complete a project. I usually had 3 to 5 of these book discussion groups going at one time. This project was perfect because all the students could do it, no matter which book they had read with their group.
Clicking on any of these pictures will take you to my TPT store, where you can purchase this Bunnicula Literature Study Packet.
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