Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit!



Whether
you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering
it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your
kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and
resources for an awesome & engaging unit! (PS. Be sure to pin it so you can
find it later & share with your teacher-friends!)

Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit!

Let’s
face it…kids love learning about animals! It’s something they are naturally
curious about…so, any time we can take their excitement for animals and use it
to incorporate learning about science, geography, (and improve their reading
skills!), it’s a big win-win! Another benefit to our students when it comes to
learning about animals is that they will further develop a deeper sense of
empathy and compassion, which of course, has infinite benefits, both for the
classroom and for life itself.

 Reading stories aloud to our students provides so many benefits
that they need to improve their own reading skills:

•  
models
fluency

•  
encourages
high levels of understanding

•  
develops
an understanding of story structures

•  
builds
vocabulary

•  
develops
connections between print elements and genres

Here
are a few read-aloud stories that fit just perfectly for
this topic…

Great as an
introductory book for this unit! This beautifully illustrated book will capture
your students’ interest right from page one! It contains many gorgeous pictures
and lots of intriguing facts about nocturnal animals—many of which you may not
have realized were ‘night animals’!

Breath-taking photographs bring the story of the South-American
tree frog’s nighttime activities to life! Your students will be enthralled as
they follow the ‘adorable’ tree frog through the night–as he searches for
dinner and tries his best to avoid the dangers that lurk nearby!

A
classic story from children’s perennial favorite Roald Dahl!  (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and
the Giant Peach) Follow Mr. Fox on his nighttime adventures and learn what he
(and other foxes) do what they do best—sneak around at night! A fun narrative
that will capture your students’ attention as they learn about Mr. Fox’s
nocturnal escapades!

    Beautiful
illustrations bring the story of bat and her baby to life. Follow her through
the night as she looks for food—all the while the author delicately weaves in
lots of scientific facts. It’s an endearing narrative about a nocturnal
creature that your students will find appealing and interesting.

A
sweet tale about Stellaluna (a baby bat) and what happens when she becomes
separated from her mother. With beautiful illustrations, this is an incredibly
touching story that teaches children about the importance of differences and
similarities!

Want
to improve the effectiveness of your read aloud time? Interactive read-alouds
increase student engagement, increase students’ understanding of the text, and provide
the opportunity to model comprehension strategies, teach literacy concepts, &
build vocabulary. 

This fabulous Stellaluna
companion resource
includes a complete, easy-to-follow interactive read aloud
lesson for the book. For a Balanced Literacy approach, a graphic organizer and
writing prompt are also included in the

download
to allow students the opportunity to respond to the text.

Text-based Evidence: Asking
our students to locate text-based evidence helps a great deal with their comprehension
too. Here’s a helpful non-fiction resource on those
nighttime loving owls!

These Nocturnal Animals Fluency Strips are the perfect addition for literacy centers.  

Well,
if you can’t see yourself taking on the commitment of a permanent class pet,
get a temporary one! Borrow a student-friendly nocturnal animal for the time
period (days/weeks?) that you’re teaching the unit on nocturnal animals!  (Perhaps you can borrow one from a student,
another teacher, a pet store?) Consider having your reluctant readers practice
reading to the pet! Here are some ideas for classroom-friendly nocturnal pets:

A sugar glider

A hamster

A guinea pig

A leopard gecko

A rat

Or…Eek! A mouse!

Not quite ready for a class pet?  You can have your students research a nocturnal pet they would most like to have.  Then, the students can write a persuasive letter to their parents trying to convince them to get one.  

Who doesn’t LOVE
hands-on learning?!  
Here are a few of my favorite Pinterest finds to add an element of fun to our study of Nocturnal Animals. 

Make
Bats with Pasta!

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Raccoons! I love this hand print raccoon.  It makes a cute addition to a bulletin board displaying the students’ learning from the unit.  

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This owl was originally made with felt, but my students were able to make it with construction paper.  

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Sing
along to ‘The Owl Song’

 

Owl Babies Animated Picture Book

Nighttime Animals Part 1

Nighttime Animals Part 2

Stellaluna
is read aloud…modeling fluency & expression

Looking for ideas for an end of the unit celebration?  Plan for a day of fun with a “night-time camping” theme.  Have a ‘Reading-Reward Tent’ set up for the duration of the unit. Those who exhibit the expectations that you set in advance are allowed to read in the tent! 

Make some Trail Mix (nut-free of course!), the kids can snack on it as they read about adventures in the woods! 

Bring a few flashlights to your classroom to double the fun!  My kids loved mini brain-breaks to make shadow puppets.

Have
some classroom video stars (hams!)? Make videos of students explaining about
nocturnal animals to display on Parent-Teacher and/or Student-led conference
days!

Free Nocturnal Animal Graphic Organizer!  The perfect addition to any study of nocturnal animals.

Use this FREE Graphic Organizer to help student plan their research on one of the nocturnal animals studied.  

Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit!

I
hope you’ve found this information useful in planning your upcoming unit on
Nocturnal Animals! Feel free to comment below with any other ideas you have to
share! 

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Whether you already teach about Nocturnal Animals or you’re just thinking about covering it this year, I’m here to save you some planning & prep time on a unit your kids will love!! In this one post, you’ll find tons of creative ideas and resources for an awesome & engaging unit!

My “trick” for today is simply a reminder…something we all know is beneficial but it often gets pushed aside in the chaos of day to day teaching.  The majority of parents want to be involved in their child’s education.  However, with the ever increasing rigor it is becoming more difficult for parents to feel like they have a part in their child’s education.

In order to help facilitate more parent involvement, I like to use monthly at-home projects.  The projects are seasonally themed and fun.  I want my parents to take the time to sit down with their child and complete the project together.  Hopefully, this will create a time where the parents will talk with their child and ask open ended questions about how school is going, what they are learning, etc.  

As an added treat, the finished product make adorable door decorations without any effort on your part…gotta love that!

Parents and kids both love these projects!  As a special treat I am making my October Family Project available as a FREEBIE!  Just click on the image below to download your own copy.

Welcome to October!  October brings the promise of cooler weather here in Texas which I am  really looking forward to!  Unfortunately, October also brings on the dreaded teacher slump…..the excitement of back to school is over and then you realize the next holiday is not until Thanksgiving…ugh!!! 

Hopefully, as you browse through this month’s pins you will be able to find a bit of inspiration to bring some fun into your classroom over the next few weeks!

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I just love this idea for adding a little fun to October.  The basic idea is to surprise another class with candy or another treat. The best part is it is a FREEBIE!!!  I can’t wait to kick off “You’ve Been Owled” on my campus.

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How cute is this???? I think I will make some of these cuties for my team members.

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This pin is more for home but it was so cute and simple I just had to include it!

If you are searching for more great ideas…check out my Pinterest feed.

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This linky party will be hosted on the 3rd of each month and we would love for you to join in on the fun!

Here’s how to join in on the fun!!!

1.  Save the Pick 3 images to your desktop.

2.  Create a blog post using these images to share you 3 Pinterest Picks for the month.

3.  Share a link to your full Pinterest page if you would like.

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5.  Be sure to check out the other Pinterest finds that have been shared and leave a comments on the ones you love!

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Fall in Texas can never seem to arrive soon enough!  That first real “cool” front marks the start of one of my favorite times of the year.  This time of the year, pumpkin spice takes over restaurants and grocery store shelves.  For even more fun…..let pumpkins take over your classroom.   

Pumpkin are always such a fun addition to any lesson plan in October.

I always begin planning a unit with quality literature.  

I just love the level of engagement that can come from reading a picture book aloud or the joy a book can bring to a child.

Here is a look at the books I will make available to my students as we are focusing on pumpkins.  Honestly, there are so many great pumpkin books that choosing just nine to showcase was tough!

Integration is a life saver in my classroom because it is the only way I have found to expose my kids to all the topics that I need to cover.  

I have to admit that I am not a big fan of the basal reader in my class.  I want the reading we focus on during the week to be meaningful  for the students and guide them to becoming thinkers as they read.  During our pumpkin unit, we use a nonfiction passage to answer comprehension questions with text evidence.  We also work on sequencing the pumpkin life cycle and writing questions in response to the text .  The student also have a chance to document their learning in a variety of different forms.

Pumpkins are such a fun theme that I even add them into our math problem solving practice.  

These task cards from Inspired Owl’s Corner are my favorite addition to our word work station during Pumpkin week.

This video takes kids to the fields where Libby’s grows their pumpkins and shows how pumpkins make the journey from seed to pumpkin.


This video puts the pumpkin life cycle to music.  My kids love singing this song!

This graphic organizer is great for helping kids visualize the life cycle of a pumpkin.  You can pick up a copy for your students to use for FREE by clicking on the image above.

After students have completed the graphic organizer, they can move easily into creating their own pumpkin mini book explaining in greater detail each stage of the pumpkin life cycle.  A copy of this mini book is available for FREE by clicking on the image above.

I love this FREEBIE from Buzzing with Mrs. B.  It used the book Pumpkin Jack as the mentor text for a great lesson on using transition words.  Click on the image above to grab a copy for your class.

Here is another great pumpkin writing activity using The Pumpkin Book by Gail Gibbons as the Mentor text.  It is available as a FREEBIE from Literacy Garden.

I would love to hear from you…..what does pumpkin fun look like in your classroom?


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Welcome to October!  October brings the promise of cooler weather here in Texas which I am really looking forward to!  Unfortunately, October also brings on the dreaded teacher slump…..the excitement of back to school is over and then you realize the next holiday is not until Thanksgiving…ugh!!! 

Hopefully, as you browse through this month’s pins you will be able to find a bit of inspiration to bring some fun into your classroom over the next few weeks!

Click on Image to View Original Pin

I just love this idea for adding a little fun to October.  The basic idea is to surprise another class with candy or another treat. The best part is it is a FREEBIE!!!  I can’t wait to kick off “You’ve Been Owled” on my campus.

Click on Image to View Original Pin
How cute is this???? I think I will make some of these cuties for my team members.

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This pin is more for home but it was so cute and simple I just had to include it!

If you are searching for more great ideas…check out my Pinterest feed.

Visit PAWSitively Teaching’s profile on Pinterest.

Come Pin With Us

This linky party will be hosted on the 3rd of each month and we would love for you to join in on the fun!

Here’s how to join in on the fun!!!

1.  Save the Pick 3 images to your desktop.

2.  Create a blog post using these images to share you 3 Pinterest Picks for the month.

3.  Share a link to your full Pinterest page if you would like.

4.  Link up by clicking the add your link button below.

5.  Be sure to check out the other Pinterest finds that have been shared and leave a comments on the ones you love!

An InLinkz Link-up