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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Halloween Projects (Diary of a Bat, Bat Projects, Invisible Ink, Etc.)

My kiddos  have been busy bees lately (or should I say busy bats!) Last week we learned all about bats! It was a review week in reading (Treasures series). One of our vocab strategies was multiple meaning words. Because "bat" is a multiple meaning word, we centered all of our learning and reviewing around bats! Here are just a few things we did. the first one isn't' bat related, but it was part of our review week. It is called Vocab on the Move. The students have vocab words on their heads. They travel around the classroom to try to find synonyms, antonyms, examples, etc. of their word. They use these clues to figure out what the word on their head is.   
Click here for the FREEBIE Vocab on the Move sheet.

 We started our study of bats with this exciting activity (I adapted it from some place on the wonderful web, but I can't remember where. :(  Let me know if you've seen this so I can give someone the proper credit.)  I had a box with all kinds of bat goodies (books, crafts, erasers for the kiddos, a headband for me to wear while introducing, etc.) The box was from Ms. Frizzle! I had the secretary call down to our room on the loud speaker and tell us that a strange looking box arrived in the mail today. I sent two students down to get it. They were thrilled to see that it was from Ms. Frizzle. We opened the box to find a letter from her and a ton of goodies. The kids LOVED it!
Before we opened the box!
As we read and learned about bats, we used this wonderful idea from Fun in First Grade. The kids worked in teams to cut out mosquitos. We found out that a bat eats 600 mosquitos in one hour. We also found out the largest and smallest bats and measured their wingspan using yarn.

As our morning meeting activity we went outside to learn how bats find their food. Some students were bats while others were bugs. The bats had to close their eyes and say "Echo". The bugs responded with "Location". The object of the game was for the bats to catch the bugs without seeing. This activity also helped the students understand the meaning of echolocation. (Think of Marco Polo.)

We made bats out of foam and feather boas.  
As we learned about bats we started to write our own Diary of a Bat. The students wrote from the perspective of a bat to tell a narrative of a bat's life. They LOVED, LOVED, LOVED  this project!
See the project on TpT.

We edited our writing using this FUN idea from Lesson Plan SoS. The students used eyeball rings to "spot" their errors. This activity also includes a great song that the kids sing! (The file is called Eye on Editing.)


 As part of our review for the week, we learned about story elements. Problem and Solution was one of our skills. I read the students The Vanishing Pumpkin.
They used "invisible" ink to write the problem and solution on a pumpkin. (Lemon juice diluted a touch) I then used my iron make the ink visible again.