Let me begin by saying it has been a challenge to condense this HUGE unit into one blog! I'm going to begin with a sampling of books we have used. I have many more we have read, but the list could get too long. I used a lot of books that covered focused on one specific type of bat. I do have to say though, my favorite book to read is the Bats on Parade by Kathi Appelt. While reading the book, we act it out. The kids LOVE to get up participate in the parade. Here's the list of books for you:
*Bats by Gail Bibbons
*Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt
*Bats on Parade by Kathi Appelt
*Bats at the Beach by Brian Lies
*Bats!: Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle
The internet also played a huge role in this unit. Scholastic online has wonderful activities on Bats (this one is my favorite). The students chose a type of bat they wanted to research. I created a sheet to guide them through the research. They used encyclopedias, magazines, and the internet to fill in their research page. They took the information and pictures to create their bat out of Crayola model magic clay and our craft supplies. They typed their information into paragraph form. We used large white paper and painted the night sky with watercolors to use as the background. The students placed their bat where they wanted me to mount it. They attached their printed paragraphs as well. They drew a scene that included their bat at night. We displayed these on our bulletin board with the title "Going Batty". The students have loved this unit and are sad to leave it but we will be going on a regional exploration this week to our zoo for a bat class and a docent-led tour of our bat exhibit!