Students read, Bat Loves the Night and A Bat is Born.
Fluency: Reading Rate. As students read aloud, we work on reading at a ‘talking rate’ that is not too fast or too slow. A good goal for third graders is about 100 words per minute.
We supplement this story with nonfiction articles about bats from National Geographic Kids Students search for ‘bat facts’ using the text and graphic features. In addition, students read nonfiction passages about other nocturnal animals–namely owls–and create pastel drawings using information from the text to accurately depict features as described in the passages.
Essential Question: What makes bats interesting and useful?