Throw Back Thursday- Our Bat Unit!

We have started our bat unit again this week and are having a blast! Here's a little post from last year so you can see what we are up to:


It has been a batty week in room 219! Not just crazy, but we have been learning all about bats!

So far this year I have noticed that many of my fourthies are reluctant to read nonfiction texts. In order to encourage this, I wanted to start with a less intimidating research project, that I could throw a little fun in, too! This was week 1 of 2 on bats.. Here's a sneak peek at our week:

Our objectives this week were:
-Understanding Nonfiction Text Structure: Focusing on Description, Cause and Effect, and Compare and Contrast
-Identifying Main Idea and Supporting Details
-Summarizing Nonfiction Text
-Writing a descriptive research paper on a topic

Here's how we worked it all in!

We started off with a little Writer's Workshop! Students wrote everything they already knew about bats on a graphic organizer I made. We used Writer's Workshop throughout the week to work on our writing! My kiddos LOVE it because I play music as they work. They literally groan when the timer goes off!

Next, I read Stellaluna to the kiddos. It was our Mentor Text this week from the amazing Jivey's Mentor Sentences .

We took notes on descriptive texts, and I used a blank template from Erin Cobb's Reading Informational Text Interactive Notebook! I added a descriptive passage on bats and we took notes of 5 important details.

Each day, we would spend time working on our graphic organizer pre-writing for our descriptive projects. I got this organizer from this freebie on TPT!

During Buddy Reading, I sat with groups and we did this awesome Close Reading Pack from 24/7 Teacher. It is wonderful and really helped my kiddos! I love all of her stuff!

We also did a fun Webquest at Listen to Reading using this website:

I made a worksheet to use for students to record their answers! You can get this and the graphic organizer for bats by clicking here or the picture below!

Throughout the week I also read these awesome books on Bats and students took notes on graphic organizers. We did a Cause and Effect, Compare and Contrast, and Facts organizer all from Nicole Shelby's Reading Response Sheets for Common Core Standards (LOVE this pack and use it ALL the time!)

My favorite fact...
(Haha! Love the things my kiddos write!)

I was SO proud of how hard my kiddos worked all week to find details and facts. Their rough drafts are already AWESOME! I can't wait to see the final products with their craftivity!

Next week to finish up we will:
-Watch Magic School Bus on bats and record facts
-Eat "bat poop" (cocoa puffs) with a cute little poem during the movie!
-Peer Edit and Revise our Rough Drafts
-Write our Final Copies
-Compare and Contrast different kinds of bats
-Write about problems and how bats solve them
-Make a timeline of a year of a bat's life

I can't wait to continue this fun topic, and I know my students feel the same way!!

Thanks for popping in and listening (reading) :)


  1. Love your mini bat unit! It's adorable! :)

    I have a question for often do you change your theme/unit study? Thank you!

    1. Thank you! :) It all depends on what we are doing/the skill we are practicing. Usually I cover 1 major Reading Literature Standard or Informational Text standard every 2 weeks and my writing and theme go with that standard. I hope that helps! :)

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