This is the time of year when many teachers include a unit study about bats. One book that children love is the story about Stellaluna. In this book, Stellaluna is a baby bat that becomes lost from her mother. While she was separated from her mother, Stellaluna lived in a nest with a bird family. The momma bird tried to raise baby bat like a bird. Even though they were all very similar, they found that they were different as well and the bat never seemed to fit in. When Stellaluna was finally reunited with her mother again, the baby bat tried to teach the little birds how to act like a bat.
It is always a good idea to use a KWL chart when studying about a new thematic topic. This helps a teacher activate the student's background knowledge about the subject. It also serves as a tool to encourage students to want to learn more.
When students have gained sufficient knowledge and understanding about a topic, you can do a shared writing activity. Here is a sample of what students usually respond in a Pre-K or Kindergarten classroom. Sorry, I forgot to include a sentence about echolocation. Students LOVE this word and are fascinated about how bats use echolocation.
Once your class has the sentences written down on a big writing chart, you can use it as a shared reading activity.
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