Nocturnal Animals

I don't know about you, but I love this time of year!  I love the days getting shorter, the spooky feel of Halloween around the corner and the cooler weather.

In a couple of weeks, we will begin our nocturnal animal unit and I am already working on gathering things and thinking about how I want to teach my students about them.  We are a project-based learning school, but for first grade that looks very different then my friends in the upper grade.  I am hoping to have my students work in small groups to become an "expert" on a nocturnal animal, specifically focusing on an adaptation they have.  Once they are an "expert" they will create something to help them teach their big buddies about what they learned.  We will see how it goes!

Here are some resources I will use.

As a class, we will learn about bats and owls, the small groups will focus on an animal that is not a bat or owl.  Bats will be a great way to incorporate sound, which is a first grade next generation science standard.

And finally, here are some basic nocturnal animals books I will use.  I also have specific animal books, but here is a list of the general category of nocturnal animals.

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Do you teach about nocturnal animals?  What are some of your favorite books?

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