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Batty About

What are your students batty about? Reading or writing? Math or music? Science or spelling? Autumn or art? Whatever it is, you can create a batty bulletin board to showcase their work.

DIRECTIONS

  • Invite students to choose and read a book about bats. One of the books listed below might be an appropriate choice for your primary students.
    • Bats, by Gail Gibbons
    • Bat Loves the Night, by Nicola Davies
    • The Bat-Poet, by Randall Jarrell, illustrated by Maurice Sendac
    • Stellaluna, by Janell Cannon
    • Shadows of the Night, by Barbara Bash
    • The Story of Echo the Bat, by Ginger Butcher (an online adventure, also available in print)
  • Ask each student to write a paragraph about the book he or she has read. Students might describe a character in the book, write a brief summary of the story, list five facts about bats, and so on.
  • Provide each student with a bat shape book page printed on white drawing paper (Click here for the bat shape-book template.), and a slightly larger bat shape cut from black construction paper.
  • Have students copy the final draft of their paragraphs on a shape book page, and then glue that page to a black construction paper bat.
  • Display the bats on a bulletin board titled "Batty About Books."
MORE THEMES FOR OCTOBER
  • Harvest
  • Pumpkins
  • Halloween
  • Fire safety
  • Columbus/explorers
  • Popcorn
  • Baseball
ED WORLD BULLETIN BOARD RESOURCES FOR OCTOBER MORE ED WORLD OCTOBER RESOURCES

  • October Lessons
  • October Month of Fun
  • Pumpkin Puzzler Lesson
  • Monsters Made to Order
  • Pump Up the Curriculum with Pumpkins
  • Fire Safety Sites
  • Great Chicago Fire Web Site Rich in Language Arts


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    Bulletin Board Tip of the Month

    Even if you're not an artist, you can create pictures of just about anything you want for your bulletin board displays. Find the picture you want to use in a coloring book or similar source, and then use an overhead transparency to enlarge it to the appropriate size. To enlarge your picture, put a transparency sheet over it and use a marker to trace the outline. Then project your tracing onto a large piece of paper and retrace the outline in pencil. Use a black permanent marker to outline the picture, and then decorate it with crayons, markers, wrapping paper, paint, and/or fabric.

    Do you have a bulletin board idea to share? Send your most successful bulletin board idea (with a sketch or photo, if possible) to BestIdea@EducationWorld.com. If we use it, we'll send you an official Education World mug!

     

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