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Bats and Birds

Read to children Stellaluna by Janell Cannon. Talk about similarities and differences in people and animals. Ask What would it be like if all people looked the same and acted the same? What about animals? Then create a large Venn diagram on the board or a sheet of easel paper. Ask students to help you as you

  • write facts about birds (that are not true of bats) in the Birds circle on the diagram.
  • write facts about bats (that are not true of birds) in the Bats circle on the diagram.
  • write facts that are true of both bats and birds in the area of the diagram where the two circles intersect.

Let students use the diagram to help them compare bats and birds. Jot down students' comparison thoughts.



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.

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