Pinterest Pick 3 October, Going Batty!

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.

 Batty craft
My first pick is this adorable little bat craft.  It looks so easy and would be a great desk pal during a bat study.

 Bat Facts display, great way for students to gather facts about bats

I love this display that collects facts about bats.  What a fun way for kid to gather what bats can, are and have facts.

 Free bat resources

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.

 Bunnicula Literature Study, guided discussions for students to follow for each group meeting.

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.
 Vocabulary Know, Know, Know activity for Bunnicula book study

 Bunnicula book study comprehension check

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.
Book Project Menu for Bunnicula book study
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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Daily Reading Routine

Wonderful way to keep our reading instruction organized and on schedule.  Create power point presentations so everything you need is right at your fingertips.

How do you fit everything into your reading block?  There are so many skills to cover and very little time.  What you need is everything right at your fingertips!  Well, I have an idea to share that will make your reading lessons run smoothly and keep you on schedule. 

First you need to decide what areas you want to include in your opening routine.  I've created an opening routine that includes these areas:

  • Warm Up to get everyone thinking
  • Phonemic Awareness
  • High Frequency Words
  • Vocabulary practice
  • Phonics skills
  • Editing (spelling and grammar skills) 
Now take those areas and create a Power Point presentation with one slide for each area.  Here are my slides.  (I thought of a catchy title for each one to make them a little more interesting.)
You can keep your reading lesson on track by creating Power Point slides that guide your through your daily routine.

 Now you can add the content.  Add as many interactive elements as you wish, or keep the slides super simple with just the basic skill and a few practice items to read through.

Keep your students involved in the skills your present or review every day with interactive Power Point slides.

In class it is so easy to click through the slides as you go through your opening routine.  Everything is right there!  No more flipping through your teacher's manual or stopping to write things on the board.  You can speed up or slow down, depending on your kids.  The goal is to get through this routine in 10-15 minutes so you can move on to the other parts of your reading lesson.

To see what the finished presentation looks like you can download a set I created to go along with a 2nd grade lesson for Journeys, published by *Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.  This Power Point slide show is fully functional and goes with Unit 3, lesson 11, Day 1 for the story Click, Clack, Moo  Cows that Type.  When you download this file be sure to save it to your computer and then open it with Power Point.  (The fonts may not look the right size if you view it only from the Google Docs location.) 

(click on this image to download the free sample)
 Free sample of 2nd grade Power Point slide show for Lesson 11, Day 1 of daily routines

These materials were prepared by Debra Crockett (Crockett's Classroom)  and have neither been developed, reviewed nor endorsed byHoughton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company, publisher of the original Journeys Common Core Reading on which this material is based.

If you like what you see, all of the 2nd grade units are available in my TPT store- Journeys 2nd Grade in Crockett's Classroom.

I hope this idea helps you keep your reading block on schedule!

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