Saturday, October 5, 2013

Five for Saturday

I'm happy to link up with Doodle Bugs for Five for Friday!  We've had such a fun week learning about bats and the -at family.

1. We made -at family bats and hung them from our ceiling.  I was able to differentiate this activity for all my learners, and they LOVED making the bats.
Level 1 (writing beginning consonants)
Level 2 (writing the whole -at word)
Level 3 (thinking of their own ideas for words that are in the -at family.)

2. We read There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat, and then retold the story with paper bag old ladies. 

3. Of course we read Stellaluna, and compared bats and birds.  But we also had a special visitor this week - a butterfly expert.  So we also compared bats and butterflies.  The kids loved the double venn diagram.  They said it looked like a baseball.

4. We made bat counting books to practice the sight word "see" and number writing.

If you like the counting book and the word family bats, check out my Bat Mini Unit

There's also an addition book option as part of the mini-unit.
 5. Nothing to do with bats, but we got four different packages from UGA this week.  Our school is focusing on college readiness, so each classroom adopted a school.  My class is the Georgia Bulldogs.  I wrote the provost, the president, the admissions department and the athletic department asking for some Georgia gear to help excite my students about college.  They were beyond generous, sending us pom poms, flashlights, posters, pencils, bumper stickers, pennants, and more.  My kids were so excited!


  1. Lots of fun! I'm sure they loved getting mail. That is a neat idea.

    Enjoy your weekend!
    Suntans and Lesson Plans

  2. Love your Old Lady activity! What a great way to practice retelling!

    :) Tamra and Sarah
    First Grade Buddies


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