Friday, October 28, 2011

Bat and Pumpkin Nonfiction Unit

We began our nonfiction unit by learning about bats. After reviewing nonfiction text, the students completed a bubble map to recall all the things they knew about bats. Then as a class we listed all the things we knew about bats and all the things we wanted to learn. We read many bat books and recorded what we learned.

After reading Scholastic News-In the Dark of the Night, the students drew a diagram of a bat.

During our bat unit, we also read some fiction books. We read Stellaluna and compared fiction and nonfiction. We studied the structure of fiction books and identified characters, setting, problem and solution.

Ready Freddy is always a favorite!
                                                   PUMPKIN UNIT
Our next nonfiction story was The Life Cycle of a Pumpkin from our reading series. After reading the story, we completed a sequencing activity and discussed  fact and opinion. Our next activity was to use adjectives to describe the outside of a real pumpkin. We then cut open the pumpkin and listed adjectives to describe the inside of the pumpkin. 

Gross was a popular adjective! We scooped out the inside of our pumpkin and carved him a happy face. We washed the seeds and the students all took home a little bag of seeds.  

                  The next day, we had pumpkin dip. The students loved it! 

As a writing activity, we wrote a friendly letter to our Jack-O-Lantern. The letters were adorable! The best part-- Jack-O-Lantern wrote them back! What a fun day! 

Jack-O-Lantern got to stay for our Halloween party. It has been a busy and  fun couple of  weeks! Happy Halloween!

Emma and her mom,  Mrs. Wallace, at our party.
What a great class!


  1. I love your response sheets and wonder if you would be willing to share them. I am just not savvy enough with the computer to make them on my own. I really appreciate you sharing your ideas. It is truly motivating. Thanks!

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  3. Those pictures are awesome! :) What a great unit. I nominated you for a Liebster Award - you can check it out here

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  4. I am looking for a good non fiction pumpkin book. Can you tell me who wrote "Life Cycle of a Pumpkin"?