What Did You Learn Even though Stellaluna is a work of fiction, it actually embeds quite a bit of information about the animal kingdom in general and fruit bats in particular. These pages are filled with interesting and easy to understand information about bats. They then compare them using this chart. Have the children research radar and discuss how radar and echolocation are similar. Children learn through different modalities. Do the children want to change it in any way? It can be simple learning—even 5 or 10 minutes a day.
Questioning started from the minute we sat down. Finally, students revise and edit their work and prepare to present their findings to an authentic audience. Or have the children present their findings to a younger group of children. A downloadable video of actor Pamela Reed reading the story aloud and The video runs about 11 minutes and resides at YouTube. Feeling Different Ask your students to draw a picture of a time that they felt very different from those around them for a specific reason. You will always be my baby. Simple—and I did this kind of thinking out loud every few pages—enough to ask some questions, have the kids ask questions, but not totally interrupt the flow of the story.
Any special seating arrangements for the students? Earning College Credit Did you know… We have over 160 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. After several sessions of research, students revisit their original questions and evaluate the information they have gathered. The author does not say they love each other. Then, as you read Stellaluna, pause periodically to refer to this chart and see if you are referencing their knowledge or finding answers to any of their questions. Reading skills grow through word recognition. I randomly pulled one answer sheet from each question stack and had the students who completed it display it on the doc-u-cam and explain how they came up with their conclusion from their question.
Student Achievement Partners receives no money from these purchases. They should see if they can find ways to express this emotion without using any words at all. I then used the magic cup to select a student to re-state the directions to the class. Although Stellaluna is a fruit bat, she tries to fit in with the customs of the birds by eating insects, sleeping at night, and she sleeps in their nest instead of hanging upside down by her feet. Then, break them into small groups and let them do some internet or text-based research on bats to confirm whether these facts are accurate.
Stellaluna as a Read-Aloud Are you looking for strong books to read out loud to your elementary aged students? Possible questions to ask: Will this friendship last? Stellaluna Lesson Plans: First Draft Worksheets A book report grading rubric is included in this set of teaching resources. When I finished I asked my students what conclusions they could make about Stellaluna. Make drawings and slogans and display them in your local library, classroom, or even your local zoo. So, we finished off the week reading nonfiction books about bats. Ask students to remember how they felt while they listen to how Stellaluna got lost from her mom.
When this student was finished retelling the directions, I also reminded the students they could circle and underline words to help them, like they have done in other activities. We brainstorm adjectives to describe Stellaluna during each part of the story and give evidence to support our descriptions. I then read Stellaluna to my students stopping on pages 3, 9, 13, 35, and 41 to show the pictures just a little longer and to re-read key sentences. Batty Ideas Share the front cover of the book and discuss whether the illustration conforms to the children's previous ideas about bats. In the end, Stellaluna is reunited with her real mother and she discovers that she isn't a bird, she's a bat! In order to help save you time in assembling a bulletin board display featuring your students' Stellaluna book report projects, I have designed a 5 page banner that is included for free in this set of teaching resources.
Separated from her mother before she is old enough to fly, Stellaluna, an adorable baby fruit bat, finds her world turned literally upside down when she's adopted by a family of birds. Then, using oil pastels or other art implements on construction paper, have them draw pictures either of the specific story they are thinking of or pictures representing the emotions that go along with fitting in with a family or community. Negative to Positive In cooperative groups pick an animal that is often thought of negatively snakes, rats, owls, bats. Choose 4-5 words from this list to teach to your students. And by the end, they were doing the same.
Below you will find some of the Stellaluna lesson plans that I have developed over the years as I have read this book to my students. Stellaluna meets a family of birds who takes care of her and accepts her into their nest. The finished bat book report project measures 20 inches x 9 inches. Stellaluna is written and illustrated by Janell Cannon and read by Pamela Reed. . Ask your students to reflect on a time that this has happened for them. Be sure to point out the small pen and ink drawings at the top of the text pages.