Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Bats All Around and Some Seals Too

I officially survived my first observation. It went pretty well but I am so excited that I don't have to worry about it anymore. I was worried all the way up to when it started and then I was fine. Shew! I don't think it ever gets any easier.

This week is a short week due to Fall Break. Tomorrow is our last school day of the week. So excited about that! Since it's a short week, we've been learning about bats as has almost everyone else in blog land it seems. During my observation, I read "Stellaluna" and we talked about it. Today, we focused more on bat facts. We did this fun activity by Jodi Southard at Fun in First. The students cut out 600 mosquitoes to show how many a bat can eat in an hour. Crazy when you see all of them together!

We also read a great bat book. 

This book is full of great facts.

We will be using this book plus other nonfiction books on bats to make our own bat books.

This book is designed to be printed front and back. It's a pet peeve of mine when books don't print correctly front and back. I hate having to cut out the pages and assemble them before copying.
I also included vocabulary cards to help the students fill in the blanks.

You can pick this up for free in my TPT store.

In other news, we made our seals last week to go along with our story "A Harbor Seal Pup Grows Up." They turned out so cute!

I love using these color by codes from Kathy Law. The kids love them and they are great practice for them. On Friday, I gave them one that features Superman.

It's really funny to hear them guess what the picture is before it's fully colored. On Friday, I heard this conversation:

Girl 1: I really think it's probably Mitt Romney.

Girl 2: Yeah.

Girl 1: Or Matt Lauer.

I started laughing. Then, I realized that they were talking about a picture of Brian Williams from NBC News on our Activboard.  One of my colleagues told me to show my kids the video of a walrus being rescued from NBC news and they were talking about it. I was wondering why in the world they thought Matt Lauer was on their morning sheet.

You can see the video below. It's very cute!

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