There are so many things to love about fall besides the pumpkin spice and fall scented candles, it is also so fun to bring fall and Halloween themes into the classroom. Integrating seasons and holidays gets your students excited to learn, and what teacher doesn’t love that?
One topic that my students love to learn about is bats! They only come out at night, they’re spooky, and might just share some qualities with vampires. They make a great science topic for fall or Halloween! Teaching facts about bats to your kiddos is exciting and will help increase engagement and retention.
Here are some bat facts to include in your lessons:
Bats are flying mammals
There are over 1000 different species of bat
They are nocturnal or active at night
They feed on insects, fruit, fish, and some even on blood
To help you take your bats unit up to the next level, I created a special Bat Facts Escape Room! This game is so fun, your students will be learning without even realizing it.
This escape room requires no prep and is super easy to use. It is great for in person learning or distance learning.
During the escape, students will be tasked with solving 4 lock clues in order to escape the bizarre bats buzzing around their building. There is a pdf included in this download with directions, the link to the site, an answer key and an optional note taking worksheet for students. This activity takes about 20 to 30 minutes to complete.
Listen to short audio directions and a YouTube video
Solve 5 Comprehension Questions
Solve a Jigsaw Puzzle
Work on problem solving as a group or individually
Learn about echolocation, colonies, different types of bats, vampire bats, and nocturnal animals
Do you have any tips for teaching students about these nocturnal animals? Let me know in the comments!
Are you ready to get back to school with your students? Returning to school safely is going to make teachers think creatively when designing their classrooms! There are so many unknowns but I know for sure that being organized and clean are going to be play a big role in our Back to School routine this school year due to the pandemic. Look at some teacher tips for back to school with social distancing in mind.
Here are some classroom decor designs and teacher tips for you to ponder!
Returning Back to School Safely
1. This is a kindergarten teacher’s classroom by Lacy Jenkins. She decided to make the protectors in a fun way to be less intimidating! Lacy used PVC piping and clear shower curtains to make her dividers. Learning will be like a beach in this classroom!
2. How creative is this Teacher’s Brain? Jennifer Pierson transformed her desks into jeeps using cardboard boxes and clear shower curtains! The front of each jeep has a removable white plate for students to write their names on each morning for daily practice and check in. Learning will be a smooth ride in this classroom!
3. Kaycie Huffman uses yoga mats, plastic serving trays and individual bins for supplies to keep her students learning safely in the classroom.
4. Let’s talk about how obsessed I am with this amazing make over by Schoolgirl Style! The colors scream happiness. There is social distancing happening, and it is tells students some fun is going to happen in this space. (PHOTO: @eccampbellphotography )
5. Having a sub material is going to be very important this year if you are in the classroom! Hrs. Henry in First ( @mrshenryinfirst ) has a great way to prepare for those unexpected absences!
6. Look at this Teacher HACK! Masks and shields muffle your voice, so @mshannahengelke found a wireless mic headset so kids can hear her from across the room. She also said she, “feels like a pop star from the 90s” wearing it. #micMASK
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This year is going to be different than any year we have ever taught before thanks to Covid-19. The best thing you can do now is get a jump start on classroom organization. I like to have checklists and a lot of teaching tools at my fingertips before I begin the school year in order for my days to go as smooth as possible. The best advice someone gave me once was to always plan and if the plan doesn’t work in teaching, change the plan.
Checklists for Teachers
Here is a list of things you can add to your own checklist for this school year. I have a free social distancing checklist download on TpT you can use if you don’t want to make your own.
Gather and organize classroom materials and supplies. (Include safety supplies, masks and hand sanitizer)
Distance seats from each student.
Make it a rule that kids need their own water bottle to keep kids out of the water fountain.
Create individualized bins for each student for supplies.
Prepare student name tags and/or student desk labels.
Organize your files.
Label all furniture in the classroom.
Create an emergency substitute folder.
Label textbooks, workbooks, and supplies.
Set up your grade book.
Make the first day of lesson plans very detailed.
Have rules for the NEW social distancing guidelines if you are in person.
If you are doing virtual or a blended version of both, create those rules.
Plan icebreakers for each day the first week of school.
Have a classroom calendar and schedule in the classroom.
In order to help you with all the new social distance guidelines and distance learning, I got together with some of my favorite teacher authors to bring you some teaching tools you can use in this Back to School Tools for Teachers! This is exciting because some of these are resources are way too time consuming for teachers to create. There are a few freebies in the mix too.
Here are the resources for your Distance Learning Teaching Toolkit: