1.)Review vocabulary/facts about bats that have been introduced in previous lessons. List these on the whiteboard.
2.)State the purpose for reading the book, Stellaluna. Ask the students to listen for facts about bats while listening to the story.
3.)Read the Big Book version of Stellaluna. Discuss the story/pictures as the book is read.
4.)Review the items on the Think-Sheet and answer any questions about its use (the students have completed these in previous lessons).
5.)Put the transparency of the Level 0, B4 Think-Sheet on the overhead.
6.)Give each student a copy of the Level 0, B4 Think-Sheet.
7.)Have students complete the Think-Sheet with facts about the character, Stellaluna (a bat), from the book.
8.)Assess the Think-Sheets using the Level 0 Rubric (see attachment) as they are completed and offer suggestions (if needed).
9.)Have the students write an essay (using the completed Think-Sheet) on the provided writing paper.
10.)Distribute a printed out copy of “What Does a Bat Look Like?” Discuss the various characteristics of a bat. Provide a selection of children's books about bats for students to review. Allow computer time for students to visit websites previously bookmarked by the teacher (list provided in "Technology Resources" section).
(What Does a Bat Look Like?
)Includes a diagram of a bat and briefly describes the main parts of a bat.
11.)Distribute the Bat Flip Books and explain their use.
(Bat Flip Book
)Can be downloaded to a folder on your computer and printed on card stock or regular paper.
12.)Have students complete the Flip Book. Students will title each page with a different part of the bat’s body (Ex: ears, nose, eyes, feet, hands and wings, fur on their body) and write one or two facts about each body part.
13.)Allow students to share their Flip Books with the class.
14.)Allow students to act out the story of Stellaluna using the masks made in a previous art class.