Time to Get Spooky! Learning about Bats, Owls, and Spiders in the Classroom

Now that it is officially Fall, “spooky season” is fast upon us! I just love this time of year — and so do my kids. It is the perfect time to learn all about BATS, OWLS, and SPIDERS! With Halloween decor readily available in stores, it is so easy (and fun!) to add lots of visual and hands-on decorations to your classroom to really take this unit to the next level. Think bats hanging from the ceiling, owls perched on the door frames, and spiders pretty much anywhere!

Background Info on Made For Me Literacy

As you know, our mission behind Made For Me Literacy is to provide teachers with engaging, comprehensive reading units that are EASY to implement. We did all the leg work so you can have fun with your students while they are learning a ton! If you are new to Made For Me Literacy, check out this post and this post. Here is a little info on our newest bundle, Made For Me Literacy C. Level C is geared towards third through fifth-grade special education classrooms. Read more about Level C here!

Bats, Owls, & Spiders Cross-Curricular Themes and Story Time Lessons

Each month, we break down the main theme into four sub-themes. For the Bats, Owls, & Spiders Unit, our weekly themes are all about bats, all about owls, comparing and contrasting, and all about spiders. In every unit, we cover two picture books, one non-fiction text written by team Made For Me Literacy, and leveled readers with running records and an assessment.We’ve provided everything you need to teach these terrific books! Included with the storytime lessons is a story map, graphic organizers, digital comprehension reviews, boom cards, and leveled assessments (with answer keys, of course!) For this month, we even include an EXTRA MFML non-fiction book!

In week 1 of this 4 week unit, students will be introduced to the story Amara and the Bats (pictured above). Check out our Hoot Owl craft to do with the other fiction picture book included, Hoot Owl Master of Disguise.

Bats, Owls, and Spiders Activities

There are SO MANY amazing Anchor Charts in this unit! Students will be diving into all things bats, owls, and spiders!

Each chart comes with activities to pair with it as well. Check out this bat fact/opinion craftivity! It is my fav! Students practice identifying facts v opinions AND they get to create the cutest little bat at the same time!

For the week on owls, students learn the parts of an owl. Practice labeling each part as a class first. Then students get to make their own flipbooks all about owls. We love creating flipbooks because they are filled with info and activities that get students thinking, plus flipping the pages is great for their motor skills.

We also continue to work on facts and opinions during owl week, which comes with an anchor chart sorting activity and an owl writing craftivity!

After learning tons of info about bats and owls, students will compare and contrast the two animals during our compare/contrast focused week. We love getting to incorporate Venn diagrams in units!

Even creepy, crawly spiders are fun to learn about with this can/have/are chart and writing activity! After learning lots of facts in the leveled readers included, students use key vocabulary words to talk about what spiders can do, what spiders have, and what spiders are. Then they use those new words to make their own sentences under a fun bendy-legged spider craft.

Bats, Owls, & Spiders Visual Recipes

Visual recipes are always a hit! This unit features one exciting science experiment and two delicious edible recipes. Students will make Bat Sugar Cookies and Spider Sandwich Cookies! In week 3, students will get to become scientists when they discover what is inside their Fizzy Ice Cubes! This experiment is always so fun — kids go crazy for the fizzy bubbles!

Bats, Owl, and Spiders NO PREP Practice Sheets

Our Made for Me Literacy units always incorporate cross-curricular activities. This Bats, Owls, and Spiders unit has a TON of no-prep, easy to use practice sheets! Students can work on comparing numbers, facts v opinions, answering WH questions, using vocab in sentences, digraphs, subtraction, labeling diagrams, and so much more.

Bats, Owls, & Spiders Centers

Center time = hands on time. Two of our best-loved resources: File Folders and Task Boxes can be found in each of the four weeks (by the way, did you know this unit comes with an already planned out daily calendar? We like to help you stay organized and take the guess-work out of when to use each resource ☺ ) BUT, that’s not all we include! We have sorting and an adapted book, too! Each center comes with an extension activity for early finishers or more advanced learners. During centers, students will practice two-digit subtraction, compare numbers, digraphs, vocabulary, learn prepositions, and practice answering yes/no questions. Check out a few of them below!

Bats, Owls, & Spiders NO PREP Digital Activities

Still doing virtual teaching or just want some no-prep options? We include 8 boom card decks and all of our printable anchor charts also come in a digital format that you can access through Google slides.

If you have half as much fun teaching this unit as we did making it, then you are in for an awesome month! As always, show us how you used this Bats, Owls, and Spiders unit in your own classroom or home by tagging us on Instagram (@madeformeliteracy) or sharing in our Made For Me Literacy Facebook group! We can’t wait to see it!

Grab the unit!

Pin these ideas for later!

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.