(You can find an online reading of this book here, on Storyline Online!)
The first day we read the story, we discussed some of the key vocabulary (like crooned!) and the general story elements (characters, setting, plot).
The following day, we reread with comparing and contrasting in mind!
Once we finished our second read through, we set off to comparing Stellaluna (the bat) to her bird family (Pip, Flitter, and Flap!)
Bats even found their way into our Foundational Skills time when we reviewed word families.
In our Reading Response Journals, we did a quick sketch of a bat and filled it up with all the -at words we could think of! (Don’t worry, we reviewed our -at words, and discussed real words and make-believe words… “shat” went in to the make-believe pile!)
We of course had to find out more about all the different types of bats, so we started in on some BATTY research!
We later used our new found bat facts to help us write a narrative on a “Batty Adventure” we would have if we were a bat! We shared our writings in triangle groups.
( I wish this was a video of these boys sharing! Their “Two Stars and a Wish” comments were too precious!)
Then, the bats headed up to our ceiling to rest (until night fall…) and helped turn our classroom into a bat cave!
Middle schools do it. High schools do it. Should elementary schools do it too? Asking teachers to drop their traditional roles as generalists and serve instead as experts, teaching one or two content ...
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