1-2-3 Come Do Some Bat Activities With Me
Are you familiar with the story Stellaluna, by Jannell Cannon? It's a personal favorite.
Don't have the book? Click this LINK for an awesome read aloud on YouTube. This actress does a wonderful job bringing the story to life.
It's one of our favoirte fall stories, and perfect for practicing the "sequencing & retelling a story" standards.
It's extremely current for today, especially in our very diverse classrooms.
Children easily identify with Stellaluna as she struggles with trying to fit in, and empathize with the conflicts that happen when people are asked to pretend to be someone that they are not.
While the premise of a bat trying to live with birds is a bit humorous, there is an underlying realization that Stellaluna is happiest when she discovers the joys of simply being herself, a bat.
As always, all patterns come in color, so that teachers can quickly & easily make examples to share, as well as black & white for students.
A bat craft perfect for teachers & librarians to make & use for a whole group activity, then later put up as an interesting bulletin board.
This is a nice big bat, and is created with two wing patterns, plus a body.
Simply run off the 3, full-page patterns on construction paper, trim & glue together.
I like to pass out these picture cards before I read the story, then when I get to that part of the story depicted by the picture, the child holding that card comes up to our Stellaluna board and attaches the picture.
You can attach the pieces with a magnet, Velcro, or a glue dot, or simply a piece of Scotch tape.
I laminate my pieces, so that I can use them each year.
To solidify the sequence of the story, we retell it using the pictures on the poster. I ask questions like, "What's happening in this picture?"
For further reinforcement, and to give more children a chance, I again pass out the cards and see if they can sequence it.
You can also use the bat as a whole group sorting activity, where the “picture ovals” are put on “Beginning, Middle & End” of the story mats.
There is also a colorful pattern with the answers already inside the ovals.
I’ve done this for this activity, as well as the sequencing one. This way you have an answer key if you want to use these as independent center activities after doing them as a whole group.
Besides the large, teachers' bat, I designed a smaller bat craftivity, which is perfect for students.
There are 4 activity options to choose from:
They color, cut & glue them to the ordinal numbered .
After students have sequenced the pictures, they add a bat "topper" as well as a bottom bat "hanger".
As you can see by the photo to your right, there are completed answer keys in both color & black & white.
I did this for the sequencing activity as well.
"Did you like the story? What was your favorite part?" or " Would you like to be a bat? Why or why not?"
You could also list interesting bat facts, or write an autumn acrostic poem.
All of these options use the “bat topper” and the bottom “hanger” bat patterns.
To make things easier for younger kiddos, simply have them color, cut & glue on just the "topper" bat.
I’ve included several posters to add extra pizzazz to your decorating.
To check & assess comprehension, there are 3 worksheet options, with answer keys.
All activities can be used individually, as a whole group, or in a language arts center.
Today's featured FREEBIE also has some bats, as well as spiders, leaves, an owl & turkeys.
It's a super-fun, fall matching game.
Students match the 2D shape to its counterpart on the bat, and other cards.
It's a wonderful activity for your math center, or something for early finishers to do.
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Wishing you non batty & stress free days.
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1-2-3 Do Some Fall Games With Me
Since the apple and pumpkin shape games, as well as the apple and pumpkin number games, were such a huge hit, I decided to design some for the rest of the popular fall themes. There are sets for leaves, spiders, bats, owls and turkeys. If I've missed a theme that you do, and would like games for, simply shoot me an e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll see what I can do.
Number words were always part of my word wall. I found that the more contact my students had with these words, the easier it became for them to automatically recognize and read them. Playing word games made learning them interesting and fun. To make the games, print off the cards, laminate them and then trim.
Students clip a clothespin to the number that matches the number word on the themed-card. So that students can self-check, put an X on the back of the card in the location of the correct answer. I kept clothespins in a tub and games in their own separate Baggy.
There's a blank set of cards for each theme, so that you can program higher numbers, or use for whatever. Click on the link to view/download the Fall Themed Number Word Clothespin Games.
To go along with the apple and pumpkin shape games, I also made 5 more fall-themed shape matching games. They too include the above sets: leaves, spiders, bats, owls and turkeys.
Run off the shape template on a variety of colors of construction paper; laminate and trim. Students place the colored shape tile onto the matching shape on the themed card. The shapes on the cards also include the shape word, to help reinforce word recognition as well.
I've included a blank set of cards with these sets too, so that you can program them with more shapes or whatever. Click on the link to view/download the Fall Shape Matching Game packet.
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