I’m Sarah Tharpe Winchell I’m happy to be back with you all to share the activity I promised you in September. First I want to share an organizing idea for your class library. I have created a very flexible system that allows you to feature certain texts and then place them back in your classroom library for reading for the future. I have book boxes labeled with numbers for topics such as non-fiction, animal fiction, songs you can read and sing (my personal favorite), families and many more topics. I wanted to feature books about Bats this month.
These are books that I took out of my book boxes labeled for other topics. I like to use the small round white labels because they are easy to remove and don’t damage the books. I put new labels on the books for make a collection about bats.
These books have gotten a “B” for bats. They will be placed in their own book box during the unit and them returned to their original boxes. This allows me to easily display books and encourage the children to read them. It also gives children a way to find materials and then to return them to the proper place. My kindergarteners and first graders are doing a great job getting books back in their places. It has been a wonderful time saver for me!
Since Stellaluna is one of the featured books, I wanted to share an activity with you all that integrates art and science. There have been times when I really didn’t want to read the book Stellaluna near Halloween because it creates so many misconceptions about bats. I decided it was time to correct those misconceptions and put the children’s interest about bats to work. It is the perfect time to compare fiction and non-fiction informational texts. It is music to the teacher’s soul to hear the kids using the language they have learned in school about comparing texts.
I used the trusty rectangle to help the children make their own original art. This is an example of one I drew but the children drew their own. This is also a great way to integrate math by talking about symmetry. The picture under this photo shows a “mommy bat and it’s baby snuggling” that one of the children created. After all Stellaluna is a story about love.
This shows one of the children cutting a bat from a brown rectangle of folded paper.
Tearing light brown long rectangles to make the branches. By using rectangles each child creates an original piece of art work . I love original work from the children and so do the parents.
Almost finished piece without the leaves. We used the Stellaluna book for reference in making the art. We used brown instead of black since we were learning about fruit bats. Everything was made out of a series of rectangles. This is a project you will love to do with your class. It is easily modified for students in all elementary grades.
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