Little Red Flying Foxes with Ms. Dang’s first grade class – Going Batty

First graders are batty over bats! During Daily 5, students love reading bat books and determining if they’re microbats or megabats.

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Students analyze the bat faces. “It’s a microbat. It has big eyes and a nose like a fox,” Ricardo says. “You mean megabats?” Estefany questions him.

Today the first graders continued a closer study of specific bats. The students got into groups of 3-4 to help each other look for interesting facts on the iPads about Little Red Flying Foxes to complete their Bat Field Guide. We went over a few text features such as larger subtext titles and looking at pictures to better understand the information.

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We love using the iPads to learn!

It was quite a challenge to locate key words and information to fill in their guides, but with some guidance from the teacher and peers, the first graders persisted through their third bat study.

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Here are some student reflections at the end of the day:

“I learned that Little Red Flying Foxes drink nectar.” – Brisia

“Little Red Flying Foxes have long tongues to eat.” – Giovanni

“They’re good flyers.” – Jimmy

“The flying foxes have to stay away from barbed-wired fences because they can get hurt.” – Brayden

-Ms. Dang’s class

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2 thoughts on “Little Red Flying Foxes with Ms. Dang’s first grade class – Going Batty

  1. I love how your students are helping each other find information on bats. I also love how you are incorporating technology into your literacy workstations. I am starting on Monday to incorporate the computer, as well as the iPad into my literacy workstations. How have your students been doing with this? For your reflections at the end of the day, are your students talking as a whole class, or do they write their reflection down? I am just curious about different techniques to use.

    1. Thanks for the comment!

      Last week during the Daily 5 component of our literacy block, we launched the use of iPads during Listen to Reading. We have an account using RazKids, which reads books aloud to students based on their levels and students can also access their accounts from home. That program does have a fee associated with it. It’s only been a week, but students love any chance they get to use the iPads.

      During our project, we set up QR codes that directed students to websites directly related to the bat species we were learning about that day. It is difficult to find informational articles written at an early primary level, but they got to watch some videos and some students were able to read portions of the information to their groups. We came back together and talked about the specifics of each bat.

      For our reflections, we do them whole class and they are more of a de-brief about what we learned about that day. We take note of some of the students comments and use them in the blog. Or, at times, we’ll take note of something that a student says at another point during the day. It’s not very formal at all. At some point we’d like to get to written reflections, but generally speaking our students writing skills aren’t quite there yet.

      Let us know if you have any other questions. Good luck on Monday!

      ~Rachel

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