Mini Picturebook Lesson 6: I AM BAT by Morag Hood
Synopsis A story about a bat who really likes cherries. Lesson access via url-link or QR-Code Equipment for child tablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials Language Skills listening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud) Cross-curricular Links science, art and design Values Sharing, being open-minded and accepting of alternative options and change. World Event Day International Bat Appreciation Day LET’S START
Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
Materials for the Bat: paper, pipe-cleaners, coloured pens, scissors
Time: 20-30 minutes
Mini Picturebook e-Lessons: Guidelines
STEP 1: Look at the Cover
Look Describe the bat on the front cover: colour, position, face. Predict Is the bat happy or sad? Research What do bats like to eat? Think Do bats like cherries? Do you like cherries? Choose Choose three words to describe a cherry. Predict Which other creatures like cherries? Check Find the meaning of the word ‘fangs’ in your dictionary.
Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch
Part A Listen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment. Part B Listen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to. What is Morag Hood wearing on her head? Pause and count. How many cherries can you see? How will bat feel if you take his cherries? Which creatures take the bat’s cherries? How does bat feel? What fruit do the creatures give the bat to feel better? Does the bat like the new fruit? What is it?
Step 4: Add your Voice
Create Make your own paper-bat. Template Act Make a happy, angry, ferocious and sad face. Observe Which fruit can you find in your kitchen or your local supermarket? Research Which other creatures have fangs? Your opinion Why do you think the author chose cherries as the bat’s favourite fruit? Personalise What is your favourite fruit? Why? Your Opinion What do you think is the message of this story?
Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work
Share Send your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom. Evaluate Complete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ?
Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.
How many different species of bats are there? Where do bats live? How long can bats live? How fast can they fly? Do bats migrate or hibernate or both? Why do bats use echolocation? How do bats help the planet? What else would you like to find out about bats?
©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020
I AM BAT by Morag Hood, published by Sourcebooks/Jabberwocky 2017
Video © Scottish BookTrust
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