Feeling Batty: Five Fabulous Ideas for a Bat Unit

Inside: 5 Ideas for your Bat Unit

I’m starting a bat unit tomorrow.

These fuzzy little guys are one of my favourite creatures to study and the kids love them, too!

I have five ideas to share with you today, followed up with some links to my other bat posts.

DIRECTED DRAWINGS

Directed drawings are a great way to build interest in a topic before beginning or as part of a labelling or art activity partway through your unit.

I found this super easy step-by-step guide at Blue Tadpole Studio. This tutorial would be great even for kids in kindergarten!

You can find this lesson at Blue Tadpole Studio.

OPINION WRITING

It’s important for children  to learn the difference between fact and opinion. And hand in hand with that is knowing how to justify their opinion in a smart way.

We practice this a lot throughout the year but whenever I can I like to work it more formally into a lesson.

It’s funny how many kids think bats are yucky before beginning the unit. Then once they’ve learned all about them almost everyone comes to realize what fascinating and important mammals they are.

This is the template I like to use for our bat unit.

DOWNLOAD: BAT OPINION WRITING TEMPLATE

CHOCOLATE PRETZEL BATS

I always like to wrap up my units with something fun and unexpected.

Food often fits the bill!

These chocolate pretzel bats are super easy to make and the salty sweet flavour is delicious! Follow the link for the recipe.

PRE-PACKAGED UNIT PLAN

Usually I prefer to develop my own owns, but if you’re a new teacher or you’re just running short on time, you might like this fabulous Nocturnal Unit.

It was created by Corinna from Surfin’ Through Second. I have a copy and she’s done a totally stand-up job!

BAT VIDEOS:

We’re also going to watch this really cool video:

And I know the kids are going to love this lovely video about an orphaned baby fruit bat:

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you found an idea you can use for your own bat unit.

I HAVE MORE BAT IDEAS:

A Peek at Our Bat Week

Two Cute Bat POEMS and some bat clip art

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat activities

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