Bats: Schedulin Sunday

Happy Schedulin’ Sunday! This week we’re using our Bats research project, we’re working on Word Family Bootcamp to practice word families and we’re learning about money with Math It Up: Money!

Bats And Money Lesson Plans

As always, you can download our weekly lesson plans here:

Bats Research Project

This week we are learning about bats with our Bats Research Project! This is always a favorite for the kids because they are so intrigued by bats!  It’s also perfect for October and Halloween!   

We start our research project with a schema map!


As we learn about bats we add our new learning to our schema map.

We do a tree chart, we label the parts of a bat and we compare and contrast birds and bats!


The students will also make a paper plate bat and a handprint print!

bat art project for kids

For more details and ideas for your bat theme, check out our bat blog post!

Word Families BOOTCAMP

This week we are continuing Word Family Bootcamp! After 26 days of ABC BOOTCAMP, we now use the sounds and letters we mastered and apply them to spelling, reading and writing CVC words! We use word families as a scaffold for reading CVC words because the rhyming helps support our students.

For word families using Word Family Bootcamp, we do a 2 day routine. Day 1 is a circle chart. Day 2 is word building, blending and writing.

word families

To provide students extra support and practice, we use our differentiated word family decodable readers. The readers are included in Word Family Bootcamp.

For more on word families and Word Family Bootcamp, check out this post!

word families

Read It UP! Stellaluna

This week our Read It Up story is Stellaluna! Stellaluna is a great text use for story elements and learning about bats! We are focusing on point of view and compare and contrast.

For more on our Read It Up! comprehension resources, check out this post:

Poem And Sight Word Reader: Bats

The week our shared reading sight word reader and poem are about bats and spiders!

Math: Money

This week in math we are learning about money! Our standards are for students to identify the coin and value so that’s what we’re focusing on. We also talk about why we need money to make those important real-life connections! For our money lessons, we are using our Math It Up: Money creation!

We start with a read-aloud of Alexander Who Used To Be Rich Last Sunday and then we discuss why we need money!

For each coin, we make a word web that includes the coin name, value, color, who’s on the coin, and the two sides of the coin.

We do a money tree chart and then students make their own tree chart.

Finally, we do a coin sort!

For more details on our money unit, including videos, check out our money blog post!

Mad Science: Exploding Ghosts

This week our Mad Science experiment is exploding ghosts! To make our ghosts we use vinegar, baking soda and white balloons!

This hands on science experiment is included in our Mad Scientist Holiday Edition!

Foodie Fun Friday

Our Foodie Fun Friday snack this week is a bat! Use Oreos, Doritos, candy corn and red hots!

These are the creations we are using this week:

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