Stellaluna: Bat or Bird?

The story Stellaluna by Janell Cannon lends itself as a fictional resource in determining the difference between bats and birds. On the other end of reading genres, scholars examine the informative text, Bat News. Using their new-found knowledge, peers work collaboratively to complete a Venn diagram that illustrates the similarities and differences between the two animals. Pupils compose an informative paragraph and share it with their class members. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Instruct class members to paste handouts into their interactive ELA journal
  • Gather a collection of books about birds and bats for early finishers to browse when time permits
  • Conduct the writing portion of the lesson during ELA center rotations
Classroom Considerations
  • Participants should know how to write an informative paragraph 
  • The lesson requires copies as well as writing paper and tools
Pros
  • Makes use of two different graphic organizers 
  • Interesting texts improve learner engagement 
  • Familiarizes pupils with two types of reading material 
Cons
  • Some typos appear, but do not take away from the lesson's overall understanding