Week of 8/29/16

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We had 2 “Batabulous” days in Target this week! Yesterday,  I saw both groups of students for half the day, then today I had all the students for half the day! It was crazy but we had fun and as usual learned tons!!!

Here is a sneak peek of what all we did:

Logic: Looking for Bats

STEM: Bat anatomy- we watched a short movie then made a bat model of the bones in its wing and discussed briefly how the bat wing is like our hand. We will continue that discussion next week.

Evaluative: We went to the library and Mrs. Kuhn taught us how to get onto Destiny from home and how to take notes on our bats for the bat projects without plagiarizing. Then we got a little time to research our bats for the projects.

Relationships & Connections: We read chapter 3 & 4 from The Truth About Bats (TTAB), and worked on answering the questions for those chapters. We are also working on answering in complete sentences. Example: Why did Ralphie go into the cave? Ralphie when into the cave to see bats. I am trying to emphasize that sentences begin with capital letters and end with punctuation, and also that we need to use part of the question in our answers.

Guest Speaker and visitor: We loved getting to learn more about bats from Ms. Charlee from the Cochran Mill Nature Center and getting to see the Egyptian fruit bat that she brought with her! The bat was so cool to see in person! J

Project info: All students were able to select their bat this week and I gave them information on how to complete a note card (They have a paper in their binders –should be in Don’t forget/HW sections on notecards). We also went to the library and learned how to take notes and did a little research. You are going to have to help your child with research at home, I do not have a specific website with all the information you will need for your child’s bat. You all will have to so some supervised Googling but you should not have a problem locating information on your child’s bat. This week they need to complete notecard 1 & 2. Notecard 1 is on the Description of their bat – what does it look like (color, face, ears, etc.), how big is it, what kind of bat is it? (micro or mega?). Notecard 2 is Habitat- where does this bat live in the world, does it migrate anywhere else, where does it like to roost (caves, trees, buildings, etc.)

Final projects will be due on Monday, Nov. 7th (Tuesday class) or Wedesday, Nov. 9th (Wednesday class).

Also, Ms. Charlee from the Cochran Mill Nature Center said that they are having a Bat night at the nature center on September 10th. She is going to send me more details on this exciting night, so as soon as I get it from her I will forward it to you all.

Homework this week:

1.)    Finish note card 1 & 2 (Description of bat & Habitat)

2.)    Get Project Sheet signed

3.)    Finish TTAB Chp. 3 & 4 questions (if needed)

4.)    Bat Field Trip Survey (Turquoise paper) due back by 9/9

5.)    Get B.C. signed