Learning About Bats! Padlet vs Bubbl.us

Using Padlet and Bubbl.us, I created a KWL chart about bats. This lesson is geared towards 1st graders where they will be learning more about bats. This lesson provides the students with the opportunity to ask questions and tell the teacher what they want to learn, as well as showing what they already know and what they have learned after the lesson. Padlet is a great way for students to learn in a fun way, while also gaining knowledge and learning new things about bats. Bubbl.us is also a great tool to use but I would have to say I like Padlet better because it is organized, easy-to-use, and has many different formats.

Padlet can be used in a classroom to encourage students to share their ideas and have a voice. It gives students who are quiet or shy, the opportunity to feel comfortable sharing their opinions and contributing to the class. Padlet allows for all students to be able to see what their classmates are thinking but also provides independent work time. I like Padlet and think it is a great tool for students and teachers and could be used for such a wide variety of activities in the classroom.

Made with Padlet

Storyline Online Lesson

I really enjoyed using Edpuzzle and will definitely use it for future lessons. Edpuzzle is easy to use and makes videos more engaging. For this lesson, I chose a video from Storyline Online where students will learn themes about family, adoption, and responsibility. After the read aloud, I would ask my students questions like “do all families look alike?”…”How are they sometimes different?”…”What makes a family a family?” I would also introduce the words orphan and adopt and discuss with my first graders. Great book and great tool!

Research on Penguins!

Using Loom, I created a screen recording to look at three different websites that talk about penguins. This lesson is for a first grade classroom where students will be using these three websites to learn and share information with their peers. With all the schools moving online, this tool would be very helpful and easily accessible.

However, I did not know how to get rid of the icons in the bottom left corner and I apologize for my computer noise…

Introduction to Penguin Lesson

I created a video through Adobe Spark to introduce the topic of penguins to my first grade class. I would use this video at the beginning of the unit. I enjoyed making this video because it was easy to use and had a simple layout. I can definitely see myself incorporating this into the classroom.

Explore the Solar System

By Allie Haakenson and Chloe Mar

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This lesson is meant to be taught to second graders. It is to be used as an introductory activity to a science unit about the solar system. The students will be taking a pre-assessment to demonstrate how much they know about the solar system, and so that can see how much they learn at the end of the unit. They will then go through pages on each of the planets, including the Sun. Each page has a quick introduction video and a small activity to complete; that highlights the planet. From all the data collected based on the google forms, docs, and slides we can then adjust and plan for what the students seem most interested in and still struggle with.

Who is Batty About Bats?

Stellaluna By Janell Cannon (1993). A fruit bat is separated from her mother and has to survive with a family of birds, mimicking the behavior of this different species. 

I would use this book as an online interactive read aloud with a first grade class, focusing on the following standards:

  •  NGSS LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms: Adult plants and animals can have young. In many kinds of animals, parents and the offspring themselves engage in behaviors that help the offspring to survive. (1-LS1-2)
  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.1.7: Use the illustrations and details in a text to describe its key ideas.


I would use this online read aloud to focus on the behaviors of young birds and bats and how they survive.

After the students finish the online read aloud, they will be asked some questions about the book which will check for their understanding.

After the students have completed the form and we are ready to transition into the next lesson, I would create a picture dictionary with the students about bats and birds such as echolocation, what they eat, why they hang upside down etc. and then have the students complete a venn diagram to compare and contrast behaviors of young bats and birds. We would also brainstorm as a class questions we still had about bats after reading the book and then use additional lessons to read other informational books about bats and draw, write, and share new ideas about bats with the whole class.

This book will build background knowledge of features of a bat (mammals, thumbs, fur, echolocation, nocturnal) would allow for conversation about types of bats (some bats eat fruit, some eat bugs, where do bats that eat mangos live?) as well as predators and prey and why the owl attacked the bats…) 

Integrating literacy and science helps students understand the purpose of reading and writing (to learn and share ideas) and using books to learn science gives context for learning vocabulary such as ‘echolocation.’ 

Explore the Outdoors in Oregon

Authors: Kali Tagomori-Lai and Allie Haakenson

This interactive map will help students (2nd-3rd grade) to understand that there are many outdoor parks that are located in Oregon. The students will be given this map as an instructional piece to help them identify just a few of the state and National parks in Oregon.

They will then be asked to take this map and figure out the distance between their school and the listed state parks. They can also find other state parks that they can identify. At the end, they will have a writing prompt about the outdoors/ nature and submit it for credit.


Creative Writing Prompt

Use your imagination! For your assignment, you will look at the images and pick one that stands out to you. You will use the image to prompt a story and practice your writing! After you have finished your story, you will share it with a peer.

A fishing boat aground on the beach of Chacachacare, the westernmost of the Bocas Islands in Trinidad and Tobago.
Option 1
View from the airplane
Option 2
Crater Lake in the winter time.
Option 3

Guiding Questions

  1. What about the image stands out to you?
  2. What events may have occurred before or after this image was captured?

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