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Thursday, October 27, 2011

Bats - Books

Amazing Bats - Frank Greenaway
Bats - Lily Wood
Bats Around the Clock - Kathi Appelt
Bat Jamboree - Kathi Appelt
Bat Time - Ruth Horowitz
Bats: Mammals That Fly - Marlene Sway
Bats Misunderstood - John L. Hommedieu
Bats Night Fliers - Betsy Maestro

Bats on Parade - Kathi Appelt
Bat's Surprise - Gina Clegg Erickson
Cactus Cafe - Kathleen Weidner Zoehfeld
Extremely Weird Bats - Sara Lovett
Five Little Bats Flying in the Night - Steve Metzger
Lavina Bat - Russell Hoban
Outside and Inside Bats - Sandra Markle
Stellaluna - Janell Cannon
Stellaluna: A Pop-Up Book and Mobile - Janell Cannon
The Bat in My Pocket - Amanda Lollar
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Bat - Lucille Colandro
Vampire Bats - Pamela J. Gerholdt
Welcome to the World of Bats - Diane Swanson
World's Weirdest Bats - M. L. Roberts
Zipping, Zapping Zooming Bats - Ann Earle

Teacher's Helper, Sept/Oct 1997- bat booklet
More Resources:

Bat Poems and Songs

Bats Are Sleeping
Tune: Frere Jacques

Bats are sleeping
Bats are sleeping
Upside down.
Upside down.
Sleeping in the morning sun.
Waiting for the night to come.
Then they'll fly all around.
Then they'll fly all around.

by Linda Holliman

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 facts
it becomes very clear.
That a bat is a mammal,
Not a bird it appears.

Five Black Bats
by Shel Silverstein

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.


Bats are mammals
like you and me
Some live in caves
and some live in trees.

Bats are nocturnal
they are active at night.
No bats are blind,
some have good sight.

They use echolocation
to find insects they eat.
They can fly at 60 miles per hour
and at 10,000 feet!

When the weather turns cold
and there's no food to eat
Some bats migrate or hibernate in a
deep sleep.

Some bats are pollinators
and some eat fruit.
Just look at their noses or ears,
they are adapted to suit.

So, don't be afraid
next time you see a bat.
They are part of nature
and belong just where they're at.

—Arizona Game and Fish Department, WILD Kids, Number 15

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Poems for Halloween

Jack-o-lantern, Jack-o-lantern,
You are such a funny sight.
As you sit there by the window,
Looking out into the night.
You were once a sturdy pumpkin,
growing on a curly vine.
Now you are a Jack-o-lantern,
See your night lights shine.
It's Halloween

It's Halloween! It's Halloween!
The moon is full and bright
And we shall see what can't be seen
On any other night.

Skeletons and ghosts and ghouls,
Grinning goblins fighting duels,
Werewolves rising from their tombs,
Witches on their magic brooms.

In masks and gowns
We haunt the street
And knock on doors
For trick or treat.

Tonight we are
The king and queen,
For oh tonight
It's Halloween!
by Jack Prelutsky
Five Little Pumpkin Sitting On A Gate

Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate,
The first one said,
"Oh my, it's getting late."
The second one said,
"But we don't care."
The third one said,
"I see witches in the air."
The fourth one said,
"Let's run, and run, and run."
The fifth one said,
"Get ready for some fun."
Then whoosh went the wind,
and out went the lights,
And five little pumpkins rolled out of sight!

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Halloween Books

Halloween Books:
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Big Pumpkin by Erica Silverman
Countdown to Halloween by Annmarie Harris
A Creepy Countdown by Charlotte Huck
A Dark, Dark Tale by Ruth Brown
Five Little Ghosts by William Boniface
Five Little Pumpkins by Iris Van Rynbach
In a Dark, Dark Wood:  An Old Tale with a New Twist by David Carter
In the Haunted House by Eve Bunting
It's Halloween by Jack Prelutsky
It's Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall
Jeb Scarecrow's Pumpkin Patch by Jana Dillon
The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything by Linda Williams
Moonlight the Halloween Cat by Cynthia Rylant
The Night Before Halloween by Natasha Wing
On Halloween Night by Harriet Ziefert
Pumpkin Day, Pumpkin Night by Megan Halsey
Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington
Scary, Scary Halloween by Eve Bunting
Shake Dem Halloween Bones by Mike Reed
The Teeny Tiny Ghost by Kay Winters
Too Many Pumpkins by Linda White
Whoo's Haunting the Teeny Tiny Ghost? by Kay Winters
Heathcliff's Halloween by Suzanne Lord
Clifford's First Halloween by Norman Bridwell
The Berenstain Bears Trick or Treat by Stan & Jan Berenstain
Happy Halloween Biscuit! by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
Three Little Witches by Sharon Gordon (first start easy reader)
I Can Read About Creatures of the Night by David Cutts
I Can Read About Bats by Elizabeth Warren
The Headless Horseman of Sleepy Hollow by Cherney Berg (with cassette - Troll)
Miss Spider's Tea Party by David Kirk
The Roly Poly Spider by Jill Sardegna
A Halloween Mask for Monster by Virginia Mueller
The Biggest Pumpkin Ever by Steven Kroll
Bat Jamboree by Kathi Appelt

Graphic Organizers

Useful Graphic OrganizersGraphic organizers are a great way to help students visualize concepts and events. They are great for just about every type of content. You should definitely try to incorporate organizers in your lessons. Let's take a quick look at some of the most popular organizers used by teachers.

1. Concept Webs - Webs help show a flow of relationships between concepts.

2. Life Cycles - Science organizer is also very helpful for demonstrating processes.

3. Venn Diagrams - Best for examining relationships between 2 or 3 topics.

4. Paragraph Format - The Big Mac organizer is really helpful for students.

5. Character Analysis Pyramid -Teachers find this helpful when reviewing stories.

6. SQ3R Chart - This works well with this reading method.

7. Meeting New Words - You will find this invaluable for new vocabulary.

8. Pre-reading Organizer - Predictions are an important part of comprehension.

9. Character Maps - Our Quadruple character map has been a favorite.

10. We now have over 1,100 printable graphic organizers .

Source: About Weekly Teacher Tips
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Hispanic Heritage Month

Hispanic Heritage Month

September 15 – October 15
“In 1968, Congress authorized President Lyndon B. Johnson to proclaim a week in September as National Hispanic Heritage Week. The observance was expanded in 1988 to a month long celebration (Sept. 15-Oct. 15). During this month, America celebrates the culture and traditions of U.S. residents who trace their roots to Spain, Mexico and the Spanish-speaking nations of Central America, South America and the Caribbean. Sept. 15 was chosen as the starting point for the celebration because it is the anniversary of independence of five Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on Sept. 16 and Sept. 18, respectively.” Source: U.S. Newswire

Websites that celebrate Hispanic Culture and its Heritage:

Scholastic: Celebrate Hispanic Heritage

Smithsonian Education- Hispanic Heritage Teaching Resources
Bring Hispanic Heritage Month to Life
Hispanic Heritage Month 
More Hispanic Heritage Month Resources-Mrs. Jackson's Class

Monday, October 10, 2011



Fire Safety/Prevention Songs, Books, Resources

I'm a little firefighter on the go
Here is my helmet; here is my hose
When I see a fire hear me shout
Turn on the water and put the fire out

911 Song
I know a number that is really hot,
It's only for people in a hot, hot spot.
If you see a fire, if you see a crime,
The number is the same every single time.
This very special number is never for fun.
This very special number is 911.

Stop, Drop, and Roll
What do you do when your clothes catch fire?
Three simple steps to put out that fire
Stop! where you are, don't run, no don't run
Drop! To the ground, and roll all around.
What do you do when your clothes catches fire?
Three simple steps to put out the fire

Always Alert
I am a smoke detector and I say "Beep"
(squat)I am your nose when you're asleep.

(point to your nose; then pretend to sleep

)If there is a fire and smoke is all around,
(Wiggle hand and fingers all around.)
I'll wake you up with a very loud sound.
(Jump up and raise your hands high.) 

BEE-EE-EE-EEP! (Everyone beeping.) 
National Fire Safety Council

Fire! Fire! by Gail Gibbons
Fire by Maria Rims
Fire Engine by Anne Rockwell
I'm a Firefighter by Mary Packard
Clifford the Firehouse Dog by Norman Bridwell
Emergency by Gail Gibbons 
Firehouse Dog by Amy and Richard Hutching 
One Dark Night by Robert A. and Marlene J. McCracken
"Fire! Fire!" Said Mrs. McGuire by Bill Martin, Jr.
by Norma Simon 
Smoky Night by Eve Bunting
I Am Fire by Jean Marzollo
The Fire Engine Book
Firefighters by Robert Maass

I Want to be a Fire Fighter by Linda Lee Mayfair 
I'm Going to be a Fire Fighter by Edith Kunhardt
Fire Drill! by Janet Craig

Fire Prevention Safety Activities-Ideas-Crafts

More Fire Prevention Safety Resources: