Monday, February 29, 2016

Book of the Week: A Place for Bats

Educators often ask me which of my books would work best in their classroom. So this year, I’ve decided to feature a book each week and highlight related teaching materials and strategies.

You could share one or two spreads of A Place for Bats to support NGSS PE K-ESS3-3 or read the whole book as part of a lesson that addresses NGSS PE 5-ESS3-1.

I have also created a Teacher’s Guide that makes connections to a wide variety of NGSS and Common Core standards. You can find additional activities here.

This book is great for Reading Buddies programs. For more information, read this article and look at the materials on my CCSS ELA RIT #1 & 2: Reading Buddies pinterest board.

A Place for Bats is chockfull of text features, so you can use it as a mentor texts when discussing the wide range of text features. You can also use the book in lessons that examine nonfiction text structures. The main text has both a cause & effect text structure and a problem-solution text structure, while many of the sibdebars compare past human activities that hurt turtles to current more turtle-friendly activities.


  1. I love bats! They're such incredible creatures and so integral to preserving balance in our ecosystems!

    Thanks, Melissa!

  2. I agree. Bats are pretty darn cool and thank goodness they eat so many mosquitoes!