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  • 1. BATSA text set developed by Christina Ellard. For 2nd grade
  • 2. Introduction
    Hello all! I was inspired to do a text set on bats because in my hometown (Austin, Texas) every night around sunset from about November to March about a million bats come out from under the Congress bridge. People from all over the world come to see this sight! I have been visiting the bats since I was a young girl, so this is something I hold dear to me.
    I hope you get to visit this astonishing sight one of these days!!!
    -Miss. Chrissy
  • 3. Bibligraphy
    Bash, Barbara. 1993. Shadows of night: the hidden world of the little brown bat. Sierra Club.
    Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna. New York, NY: Scholastic Inc., 1993.
    • Earle. Ann. 1995. Zipping, Zapping, Zooming. Let’s Read Aloud And Find Out Science. HarperCollins Publishers.
    • 4. Lies. Brian. 2008. Bats at the Library. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
    • 5. Wilson E. Don. 1997. Bats in Question The Smithsonian Answer Book. The Smithsonian Club.
  • Stellaluna
    Book: Cannon, Janell. Stellaluna. New York: Scholastic Inc., 1993.
    Genere: Fiction
    Awards: Reading Rainbow Feature
    Summary: Stellaluna, a baby fruit bat is separated from her mother before she can fly. She is adopted by a family of birds who turn her world literally upside down and teach her the essence of friendship in humorous and touching ways.
    TEKS: english language arts 2 grade 3.A
    Reading Strategy: Story Retelling
    Teacher tidbits: Make a stellaluna stick puppet or paper bag puppet.
  • 6. Shadows of Night
    Book: Bash, Barbara. 1993. Shadows of night: the hidden world of the little brown bat. Sierra Club.
    Genere: Non-fiction
    Awards: n/a
    Summary: Describes the life cycle, physical characteristics, and habits of the little brown bat, one of the most widespread bats in North America.
    TEKS: english 2nd grade 5.B
    Reading Strategy: Word Walls
  • 7. Zipping Zapping Zooming BATS
    Book: Earle. Ann. 1995. Zipping, Zapping, Zooming. Let’s Read Aloud And Find Out Science. HarperCollins Publishers.
    Genere: Non-fiction
    Awards:1995 "Pick of the Lists" & Best Children's Science Books 1995 (Science Books and Films)
    Summary: Bats fly into the spotlight in this exploration of such basics as where the live, how mothers raise their pups, and how they hunt for food.
    TEKS: science 2nd grade B.9.c
    Reading Strategy: Learning Logs
    Teacher tidbits: have you students in groups label the anatomy of a bat, the following is a worksheet. http://www.enchantedlearning.com/subjects/mammals/bat/label/external/
  • 8. Bats at the Library
    Book: Lies.Brian. 2008. Bats at the Library. Houghton Mifflin Books for Children.
    Genere: Fiction
    Awards: Winner, Indie Choice Picture Book Award 2009 and many more!
    Summary: When bats find a window that has been left open at the library, they sneak in to enjoy an evening that begins with some very silly exploration and frolicking. Finally, they settle down for story time and sink into the adventures they find in classic children's books.
    TEKS: english language arts 2nd grade 5.d
    Reading Strategy: Questioning the Author
    Book: Wilson E. Don. Bats in Question The Smithsonian Answer Book. 1997. The Smithsonian Club.
    Genere: Non-Fiction
    Awards: n/a
    Summary: Long the subject of myth and superstition, bats have been among the most misunderstood of mammals due to their nocturnal habits, capacity for flight, and strange appearance. Seeking to dispel the myths associated with these remarkable creatures, Bats in Question covers all aspects of bat biology in a practical question-and-answer format. 134 color photos.
    TEKS: science 2nd grade b.2.A
    Reading Strategy: Question-AnswserRelationship
  • 10. TIME FOR KIDS- Bats!
    Magazine: TIME FOR KIDS
    Genere: Non-fiction
    Awards: n/a
    Summary: Meet a real batwoman, discover why bats are mammals, find out what bats like to eat & learn more than forty fun facts about these winged animals.
    TEKS: science
    Reading Strategy: K-W-L Charts
  • 11. Echolocation
    Video: See below or go to http://www.batcon.org/
    Summary: All about Echolaction!!
    Reading Strategy: K-W-L about echolaction.
    Teacher tidbits: Show the video to the child after reading a non-fiction book about bats.
  • 12. Bats
    A bat's a most 
        Peculiar thing.
        A bat can fly.
        A bat has wings.
        It doesn't have feathers
        or build a nest.
        It hangs upside down
        in a cave to rest.
        Some bats use echoes
        To find their way.
        Some use their noses
        To go out and play.
        From all the facbatts
        it becomes very clear.
        That a is a mammal,
        Not a bird it appears.
            By Linda Holliman
  • 13. Five Black Bats
    Five black bats ready to soar One stayed behind, now ther are four.
    Four black bats hanging from a tree;
    One fell down, now there are three.
    Three black bats wondering what to do,
    One flew away and now there are two.
    Two black bats sitting in the sun
    One fell asleep leaving only one.
    One lonesome bat, with no place to go,
    Went hiding in a cave, Now there are zero.
       By Shel Silverstein
  • 14. About Congress Bridge Bats
    The Congress Avenue Bridge spans Town Lake in downtown Austin and is home to the largest urban bat colony in North America.  The colony is estimated at 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats.   Each night from mid-March to November, the bats emerge from under the bridge at dusk to blanket the sky as they head out to forage for food.  This event has become one of the most spectacular and unusual tourist attractions in Texas.  The most spectacular bat flights are during hot, dry August nights, when multiple columns of bats emerge.  There are several points from which to view the event, and an information kiosk is located on the north bank of the river, just east of the bridge.
    Continued at…. http://www.austincityguide.com/content/congress-bridge-bats-austin.asp
  • 15. Bats4Kids
    This is a website created by kids for kids!
    It has the big nine bat facts, games, bat activities, and other fun bat things to do.
    The Big 9Bat Facts!
    1. Where in the world do they live?2. What kind of homes do they have?3. What kinds of food do they eat?4. What do bats really look like?5. What are the myths about bats?6. How do bats help humans?7. How can I help save bats?8. How does echolocation work?9. If they fly why aren't they birds?
    Have your students click on the link to get anwsers to these questions!
  • 16. The Bat Wing
    Homepage: http://brianlies.com/index.htm
    Bat Wing Page: http://brianlies.com/bat_wing.htm
    Summary: This supporting website is an official website for Brian Lies who is a children’s book author and illustrator of Bats at the Library, Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Ballgame, and much much more! You can view a biography about the author, which schools/bookstores he visits in his BATSmobile, and his bat wing page dedicated to bats. If you go to the bat wing page, there are bat activities, bat facts, appealing bat photos, etc.
  • 17. For more information on bats, watch the following video!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bPPRGjXKl38
    Thank you for taking your time to visit my text, if you have any questions feel free to contact me.