Batty for Bats

16 October 2012
I just finished my Batty for Bats Unit.  It is a 59 page literacy and science unit.  I have always loved doing a bat unit with my students - click here to see last year's post and snag a freebie.  This year, I wanted to align the unit to the Common Core and focus on CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.1.2.  So, I plan on having my students write informational pieces on bats.  This will not be the only informational piece we write the whole year.  This piece will start us off and then hopefully the students will be able to write more in-depth pieces on other subjects as the year progresses.  To help you meet the needs of your students, I have provided some activities with a varying level of difficulty and different versions of the same activity. Click above to check it out on TpT!
I drew the little bat in the diagram myself!  I had a hard time finding clip art that would allow labeling.  So, I drew this little guy.  It took like three tries and then tracing over my final one.  Finally, I scanned it and saved it as PNG.  I was then able to insert it into a document as you would a graphic.   I wish I knew more about making graphics, but for now this works for me.

Hope your October is going smoothly.  Though, I am sure if you are like me, you are just barely keeping your head above water!

Don't forget to click here to check out my unit.


  1. Your unit looks adorable! I have been doing bats this week and my kids have loved them. This is going on my Wishlist!

    Swinging Through Second Grade

  2. This is super cute! I am just starting to figure out how to make my own images too. What is nice is you don't need a license for your own, but you should make sure no one steals and uses it! I hear an I Pad is an easy way to do your own graphics but I am not steady enough with the stylus yet.

    Lots of luck and great job!

  3. Wow! Amazing bat Erica! I bet we'll see you making clipart soon! :o)

    A is for Apple B is for Blog

  4. This looks GREAT Erica! I'm headed over to check it out! :)
    Sarah's First Grade Snippets

  5. I LOVE your bat and I am impressed! We are looking forward to doing this for homeschool!

  6. We do a bat unit, too! The bat you drew is great!
    Finally in First

  7. What fun it would be if I were a kid in your classroom! Looks like a ton of fun-filled variety!
    Amy Howbert
    Little Miss Organized

  8. Your packet is amazing. I just bought it. I hope to begin using it next week! :)

    First Grade and Fabulous

  9. Way to go on the bat! The unit looks great and is in my cart:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  10. Wow!! Soooo cute. Love your stuff.

  11. I just bought your unit today and I posted about what we did.
    Would love for you to see it.
    check it out here:

  12. He's perfect. I just did that with halloweiner! There's just not a weenie dig out there that was long enough! ;)

  13. Great ideas as always! Could you share your post at my Halloween Linky Party? I know my followers would love to see it too!


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