SynopsisA story about a bat who really likes cherries.
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksscience, art and design
ValuesSharing, being open-minded and accepting of alternative options and change.
World Event DayInternational Bat Appreciation Day


  • 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

    LookDescribe the bat on the front cover: colour, position, face.
    Predict Is the bat happy or sad? 
    ResearchWhat do bats like to eat?  
    ThinkDo bats like cherries? Do you like cherries? 
    ChooseChoose three words to describe a cherry. 
    PredictWhich other creatures like cherries?
    CheckFind the meaning of the word ‘fangs’ in your dictionary.   
    Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch
    Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
    Part BListen 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
    CreateMake your own paper-bat. Template
    ActMake a happy, angry, ferocious and sad face. 
    ObserveWhich fruit can you find in your kitchen or your local supermarket? 
    Research Which other creatures have fangs? 
    Your opinionWhy do you think the author chose cherries as the bat’s favourite fruit?
    PersonaliseWhat is your favourite fruit? Why?
    Your OpinionWhat do you think is the message of this story? 
    Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work
    ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
    EvaluateComplete 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.

    Teacher Notes

    Want More?
    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