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We are reading and making shared connections with the ebook, A Boy Called Bat, by Elana K. Arnold.
May 4-24, 2020
Watch this video to listen to author, Elana K. Arnold introduce the book's characters and illustrations.
Read the ebook and/or follow along while you listen to the teacher and staff recordings of chapters on Epic.
Click this link to open directions for using Epic. You'll need to enter the site password which is provided on the LMC Learning Days Remote Lesson landing page.
Share your thoughts and family reading pics!
Let's share our thoughts about the book. Use Flipgrid to make a video of yourself answering the weekly question about the book. Click this link to read the directions on how to post. Decorate your photo with hats and emogis!
Week 1 question to answer on Flipgrid:
After reading at least a few chapters, tell about Bat as a character. What are some character traits that describe him? Do you have anything in common with him?
Click here to add your video to Flipgrid. Click here to see the videos made by our OMS students.
Week 2 question to answer on Flipgrid:
In chapter 14 Bat really wants Thor to sleep with him in his bed. He tries his best to get his way, but his mom is the boss and gets to make the decisions. What strategies does Bat use to try to get his way? What strategies do you use at home to try to get your way?
Click here to add your video to Flipgrid and to see the other responses.
Week 3 question to answer on Flipgrid:
Characters change and grow over time as a story unfolds. how has Bat changed from the beginning of the story to the end? What has he learned about himself and about others?
Click here to add your video to Flipgrid and to see the other students' responses.
STEAM Challenge Use engineering design skills to solve a problem from the book. For fun, build a prototype! Mrs. Watanuki, the Student Learning Coach, prepared this learning experience for us. Click here to open the challenge.
Design your own Lego pet Imagine if you could create your own pet with Legos. What would it look like? Click here to see the directions.
Draw a picture of your room or other favorite place Bat's favorite place is his room. What is your favorite place like? Click here for a printable direction sheet.
Make your own Thor!
Make a Paper bag Skunk Puppet
Paint a paper bag and add a tail, ears, eyes, and nose. Click this link to get the directions.
If you'd like to talk about the book with your family members, click look below to find some questions. They are organized by weekly chapter groupings.
Read nonfiction books and fiction stories about topics and themes from A Boy Called Bat. Watch videos about skunks to learn more! You can find this collection of books on Epic. Click the link to find directions for opening the collection. To access the directions page, you'll need to enter the site password which is provided on the LMC Learning Days Remote Lesson landing page.
Like this book? Read the sequels!
Read the 2 sequels as ebooks or audiobooks on the AHML website. They can be found in Hoopla.
Bat and the Waiting Game
For Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat), life is pretty great. He’s the caretaker of the best baby skunk in the world—even Janie, his older sister, is warming up to Thor.
When Janie gets a part in the school play and can’t watch Bat after school, it means some pretty big changes. Someone else has to take care of the skunk kit in the afternoons, Janie is having sleepovers with her new friends, and Bat wants everything to go back to normal.
He just has to make it to the night of Janie’s performance. . . .
Bat and the End of Everything
Bixby Alexander Tam (nicknamed Bat) has been the caretaker for Thor, the best skunk kit in the world...but the last day of third grade is quickly approaching, and Thor is almost ready to be released into the wild.
The end of school also means that Bat has to say good-bye to his favorite teacher, and he worries about the summer care of Babycakes, their adorable class pet. Not only that, but his best friend is leaving for a long vacation in Canada.
Summer promises good things, too, like working with his mom at the vet clinic and hanging out with his sister, Janie. But Bat can’t help but feel that everything is coming to an end.