Monday, October 22, 2012

Going Batty

We've gone batty over bats in 1st grade.  We started by asking I wonder questions about bats.  There were typical questions such as, "Do they bite?", "What do they eat?" or "What do bats do during the day/night?".  There were also some cute I wonder questions such as, "I wonder how bats get in our house" or "I wonder how bats don't fall".  National Geographics for kids was our resource for learning about these interesting creatures.  Here's your fun fact for the day: One bat can eat almost 600 mosquitoes in 1 hour!
We used our love for learning about bats to help us practice our math facts.  Students were amazed to learn that 3+2=2+3.  Oh the wonders of learning in 1st grade.  Each student was given a number which was called their whole. Then we split our whole into two parts to write an addition sentence.  This addition setence went on one side of their bat.  We then flipped our parts and our bat to write another addition sentence.
We are officially experts on bats.  Although we still don't know how bats get in our house.  I guess that will remain a mystery.

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