Bats: 6 Informative Resources for Teaching Nonfiction

People in Austin have a deep affinity for bats. Every evening between the months of March and October, hundreds of people line up along Congress Street Bridge to see the bats fly out for their evening meal.

Students can learn about bats as they read fiction and nonfiction text. I've provided lots of activities in this post.

Bats along with other animals are becoming endangered. They suffer from loss of habitat, disease, and effects of pollution. With Bats Conservation International being located here in Austin, we have an opportunity to learn more about this important creature of the night.


Election 2016: Exploring Websites and Activities

The presidential election is right around the corner. In this post, I've provided websites resources and units  in teaching the election.

The presidential election is right around the corner and there are so many skills that can be taught around the election process. Even though there's so much trash talk from both sides, there are ways to teach the political process in electing the president. And, there are some excellent websites and lessons that are available. I've come across several websites that have excellent online activities and ideas for teaching your students about the upcoming presidential election. Take advantage of these teachable moments surrounding the election.

Teaching Inference With Mentor Text

Author Elvira Woodruff was inspired to write The Memory Coat after a visit to Ellis Island Immigration Museum. She came across an exhibit of clothing worn by the immigrants and was touched by the story of one piece of tattered clothing. After doing research, Elvira learned about the plight of Russian-Jews coming to America in order escape the cruel treatment. With this information and her imagination, the story came together.

Learn reading strategies for making inferences through mentor text. I've provided free lessons for the book The Memory Coat.


How to Develop Successful Readers Through Project Based Learning

The first step in developing a Project Based Learning unit is to determine the instructional goals to be taught during the project. These are not the goals of the students but the core standards that need to be addressed during the unit. The standards may cover different subject areas such as science, social studies, math, ELA... This post focuses on how reading informational text develops successful readers through Project Based Learning.

Through project based learning students can become better readers. I suggest using reading strategies during the reading and research phase.

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