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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