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Bats at the Beach

Last updated Monday, October 27, 2008

Author: Brian Lies
Date of Publication: 2006
ISBN: 061855744X
Grade Level: 3rd    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2008

Synopsis: Quick, call out! Tell all you can reach: the night is just perfect for bats at the beach! So pack your buckets, banjos, and blankets—don't forget the moon-tan lotion—and wing with this bunch of fuzzy bats to where foamy sea and soft sand meet. Brian Lies's enchanting art and cheery beachside verse will inspire bedtime imaginations again and again. Come visit a bedazzling world of moonlight, firelight, and . . . bats! -Barnes&Noble

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you like bats? (Bats are good for the environment–they eat insects that attack our vegetable gardens)
•  Have you ever seen a bat? Why or why not? (Bats do not come out in the daylight–they live in dark caves and come out at night)
•  Do you think bats go to the beach at night?
•  Have you ever been to the beach?
•  What do you like to do at the beach?
•  Have you ever been to the beach at night?
•  What would you do at night?
•  Do you think you would see any bats?

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why are bats there at night? (They are nocturnal)
•  What other animals are nocturnal? (owls, possums, skunks, flying squirrels, grizzly bears, sea turtles)
•  What are the bats carrying to the beach? (Mice, umbrellas, moon tan lotion...)
•  What would you bring to the beach?
•  Is the water cold? How do you know? (The bat covering his body with his wings)
•  What are the bats using to surf and sail on? (Human garbage/trash)
•  Do you wear floaties at the beach?
•  Have you ever been to a bonfire?
•  What would you cook at your bonfire?
•  Why are the bats in a hurry to leave at the end? (The sun is rising)

Craft ideas:
•  Make bat origami with the instructions provided
•  Make a bat kite paper plane with the instructions provided
•  Make a 3 dimensional beach scene.
•  Take a piece of paper and roll into a cone shape. Cut the edges so it sits on the table. Draw the beach scene before you tape the cone together. The top should be the night sky, the bottom should be the beach and ocean. Cut out a bat shape and poke a hole in the bat. Take a long piece of string and tape one end of the string to the inside of the top of the cone. Attach the bat to the string. Tape the other end of the string to the inside of the bottom of the cone. You bat should now be able to fly from the sky to the beach.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!