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Calling all beach lovers!
The moon is full and bright…a perfect night for bats at the beach! With blankets, books, snacks, shovels, and towels under wing, the bats are shrieking with excitement to get to the place where the land and foamy ocean meet. The bats fill their beach time with all the activities one would expect…surfing, sailing, kite flying, snacking, and even burying each other in the sand! Students will love listening to this batty-twist on the familiar beach experience.
This lesson is designed to be used with primary students as a whole group read aloud…perfect anytime of year!
Students will participate in discussion through carefully crafted questions to use text evidence to describe story events. At the end of the lesson, students will answer the following question independently on one of three differentiated assessment options: Using text evidence, explain how readers know the night at the beach was perfect for the bats.
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The essential question is: What strategy helps me better understand a story?
The lesson objective is: Students will be able to use text evidence to describe key events in Bats at the Beach.
For the lesson, teacher resources include: an in-depth teacher guide with skill rationale and teacher language, lesson plan with stopping points, questions and scaffolding questions, post-its to print questions and place in book for easy reference.
An optional student graphic organizer is available for students to collect their thoughts and evidence during the lesson. In addition to the three assessment options and graphic organizer, other student resources included: large, printable form of the essential question and student friendly objective, and six decorative vocabulary word cards (color photographs are also included that represent each word), and various vocabulary graphic organizers.
There are EIGHT engaging, standards based extensions to be used after the lesson that cover a wide variety of skills and standards:
-Students practice the strategy of visualizing. On the movie reel, students sketch the five most important events from the story that helped them understand the story. Then, label their sketches with key words from the text.
-Sequencing story events on post-its. This can be done independently or in groups. Just print one page of post-its per group. Students sort and stick on a sentence strip. Then, practice retelling the story in their own words.
-Students make text-to-self connections with story events. They may write or sketch/label their connections. Text-to-self connection prompts are provided.
-Students compare and contrast the experiences of bats at the beach and people at the beach.
-Students write their own beach story using vocabulary words and consider their own text-to-self connections to plan the events they will include.
-Students describe the bats’ feelings on the night they go to the beach. First, they may sketch the bats at the beginning, middle, and end to show their emotions and then describe them through writing.
-Students read and sort words from the text into rhyming pairs.
-Students create their own plan for spending a day at the beach. They consider supplies, toys, activities, and food/drink.
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