I wanted to share our with you and share the fun and learning we had during our 2 weeks of bats! The ‘staches were so engaged and excited learning about bats and learn they did!
Bats Schema Map
We kick off bats with a schema map. Like we always do with our research projects! We use Post It Notes so we can move our thoughts around as we organize our learning! As we go through our bat research unit we add learning and move any misconceptions! This is a very visual way for students to organize their learning and it’s very engaging! My ‘staches know that our schema is what we already know about something. Using the big vocabulary is so necessary!
We use read alouds and thinking maps to conduct our research! As we read, we complete our tree maps, labeling and true false sorts!
As we are completing our thinking maps and class charts, the students are also completing their own pages in their research journals!
The students then use their new bat knowledge to write about bats!
We also incorporate some math and graphing into our bat research project! Do you like bats?
We also do lots of bat art, science and snacks! No research project is complete without food and science and art! I mean who doesn’t want to eat a bat?!
Here’s a cool science activity (no pictures, sorry): use different scented oils from the baking aisle. Use two cotton balls for each scent. Soak each ball in oil. Place the cotton balls in zip-loc bags. One ball per bag. So you’ll have 1 cotton ball in a ziploc bag and two ziploc bags with the same scent. After learning how bats (read Stellaluna!) use their sense of smell to identify each other, pass out the bags. Students open their bag and sniff. Then they have to use their sense of smell to find their partner!
We made bat snacks using Oreos, Doritos, M&Ms, Twizzlers and candy corn!
And lots of art projects because I believe no classroom is complete without art work. MAKE ALL THE ART! And bats are less creepy if it’s cute kid art….just sayin…
Paper plate bats! Paint two plates black. Cut one plate in half to make the wings!
Cylinder Bats! Make a cylinder out of black construction paper. Cut out wings and glue on. Add eyes and fangs. Finally, add purple and black streamers to the bottom of the bat! They are very easy to make and look amazing hanging from the ceiling!
Bat directed drawings!
Of course there are bats in our math and literacy centers!
And to conclude our bat unit, we turned our hallway into a bat cave as a surprise for the kids! I just cut out white bats and added some black lights! And BAM! A bat cave! This took me 30 minutes to do. And the kids loved it. White bats, lights and you’ve created a memory and an experience. Because not everything has to be huge and over the top!
And of course you can check out our Halloween and Fall resources in our classroom! These will be getting a lot of use in our classroom all October long!
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