Etch-a-Sketch Note Taking Worksheet, F/B
Wagon Wheel Fact Selection Sheet
Independent Bat Informational Writing Paper
Bat Writing Information Booklet
Independent Bat Informational Writing Paper with Picture Boxes
Bat Mind Map Graphic Organizer
Opening Hook Anchor Chart – One with Text and One Blank for Your Text
Closing Statement Anchor Chart – One with Text and One Blank for Your Text
ABC Bat Fact Collection Sheet
Bat Fact Cards – Completed
Bat Fact Cards – Blank for Student Research
Etch-a-Sketch is a Gifted Strategy that is effective for all students to use. As the teacher reads non-fiction text about bats to students she/he would stop along the way and provide students with the opportunity to jot down the facts they are hearing and draw sketches that support their thinking. Or, as students independently
read text about bats they would stop reading and jot down facts with sketches to remember the ideas that they found interesting about bats. They would then be able to refer to this page to write an informational text about bats.
The Bat Mind Map is a Gifted Strategy for recording ideas that are being presented or to record the ideas going on inside the brain about bats. This map can be used to support the informational text.
Wagon Wheel is a Gifted Strategy that is engaging for all students to use. Students take a moment and write down the bat fact that they love the most. Then they go from peer to peer collecting their peer’s favorite facts on the remaining spaces on the wheel. No facts may be used twice so if someone restates the same fact
they must come up with another fact to record on the paper. Students move from peer to peer until the wheel is done. Then they use their collection of facts and other sources of information to complete their informational bat writing.
The ABC Bat Facts Collector Page is a fun way to rearrange and organize the bat facts before starting to use them in the informational text.
The bat fact cards are a way to help support students and differentiate the task. There are several fact cards that are done that students who are not ready to take notes can organize into an informational text to see how to construct an informational text. There is a blank set that can be copied and completed by the
class together or by students independently. Again these cards could be used as a support to help students work on organizing an informational text.
The Independent Informational Bat Writing Paper, the Writing Paper with Picture Boxes, and the Bat Informational Writing Booklet are differentiated options for the writers to choose from for their writing piece.
I hope your students love learning about bats! I hope these activities help them produce an outstanding informational writing piece on bats!