Going Batty and a Freebie!!!

I always feel a little batty on Mondays...so today was a PERFECT day to start our unit on bats!

When the kids came into the classroom this morning, they each had one of these in their table caddy...

There was information on the back of each card about their type of bat, and they were the "experts" today on their species of bat.

Tomorrow I'll rotate the bats so all of the tables will get a chance to be experts on each type of bat... Although this one did have one of my little friends {almost} crying.... 

I know, scary, right...? :-/ I may have to take that one out of the mix...Wasn't really thinking with that one...

And, to get them really hyped up this morning, Party City was having a sale on balloons, so there were bat balloons all over our classroom....

(Not so educational, but really fun :) 

We also used WallWisher this afternoon to start a KWL-ish thingy. Have you used WallWisher???!!! I wanted to know what they know about bats.... 

To make this a little easier, we used our iPads and a QR code to get us to our Wall (which eliminated my little ones having to type in the URL to get them to WallWisher and saved me a big old headache...) 

Once they got there, they posted everything they know about bats on the "wall" with "stickies". 

Very interesting, and not so bad for our first time!

(This was our first time using WallWisher, and it was a little if-y at first, but we finally got the hang of it. But just for the record, there were tears and lots of frustration while we were learning how to make this work for us...).

At our end of the day circle, we played I Have, Who Has with "bossy e" words (that's our spelling focus this week). You can click the picture to grab it!!!

Hope you had a batty day! (But not too batty!!!) :) 

I'll be back soon to share more about our bat unit!!!!


  1. I think any of them would have me crying. :)
    ❀ Tammy
    Forever in First

  2. I love your bat things! My blog post today had the same title! Great Minds Think Alike. :)

    Buzz Around in Second Grade

  3. Love the balloons! How fun!!
    The whole QR code thing is just so amazingly cool! What an awesome tool and fast way to get them where they need to be. Don't know if I've ever mentioned...just a tad jealous over the whole ipad thing. ;-P

  4. LOVE the balloons! What a fun way to get your kiddo pumpled up about bats right when they walk in!!
    Katie & Lisen
    Second Grade Smartypants

  5. LOVE this idea!!! Where did you get your bat cards?
    :) Teachekring55@yahoo.com

  6. LOVE this idea!!! Where did you get your bat cards?
    :) Teachekring55@yahoo.com

  7. I bet your class was SO excited to get started! :) What great motivation! Thank you so much for the freebie- can't wait to use this with my intervention kids!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad