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Bat week continues!
20 Oct, 2012. 3 Comments. A Day In First Grade, First Grade, First Grade Science, Kindergarten Science, Science, Writing. Posted By: Kristen Smith
My kids have been working SO hard this week at writing informative texts about bats. We have been working on how we write descriptive sentences with more than just three words in them. I can’t tell you how proud I am of the work that they produced this week. 
Now, to some this might look mediocre, but knowing where this class came from and where they are right now, I am over the moon excited by their progress. 
Reagan over at Tunstall’s Tidbits had such a great craftivity that we just had to use it to decorate our halls. 
Head over to her blog to see how to do it! 
Here is a sneak peak of what their work looked like when it was finished! 
(I found a really cheap bat cookie cuter at Walmart and traced it to make the small bat!)
Since we also had been studying the difference between facts and opinions, my kiddos also wrote one opinion on sentence strips to go with the other bat we made this week! 
To end the week with a fun science experiment we made GAK! 
I don’t know if I would recommend this if you have a large class… but my firsties LOVED it. 
All you need for this is clear Elmer’s glue and liquid starch. 
(I searched high and low for these two things and found them at good ol’ Walmart… I should have gone there first!) 
(I tried the glitter glue but it had a different texture then straight old clear glue. I liked the clear glue consistency best!) 
How do you make it? 
Step one: 
Add clear glue into a bowl.
Step two:
Add two- three drops of food coloring into the glue. Then stir it up!
Step three:
Refill the same glue bottle with liquid stitch. This makes it easy for the kids to add it themselves and not make a mess!
(The ratio of glue to liquid starch is 1:1 I found that you want a LITTLE less then exactly 1:1 for the perfect consistency)
Step four:
Add the starch a little at a time and then stir it up!
Repeat step 4 until it forms into a blob! 
Step 5:
HAND MIX for a little bit.
Yes, your hands get a little bit sticky, add a little more starch and you’re good to go. 
Step 6:
Go wash your hands (while you allow the GAK to oxidize for a brief moment) and when you come back, you are ready to play!
Super easy. SUPER fun. 
I’ll leave you with one more fun bat song all about echolocation. 
Have a great weekend and come back Sunday for a freebie!! 
(We are going on a sight word hunt next week lit only by glow sticks!!) 
My firsties are going to EAT. IT. UP!

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  1. Great bat post! We worked on bats this week, too! Seems to be the season.

    What i have learned

  2. Oh my goodness! I LOVE that echolocation song! I am totally going to use that… I have my kiddos play an echolocation game and the song will be a perfect introduction, thanks for sharing that find!
    Your newest follower,
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  3. Your students did a GREAT job on their essays! I guess a little healthy competition is the answer! You go, girl!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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  • Great bat post! We worked on bats this week, too! Seems to be the season.

    What i have learned

  • Oh my goodness! I LOVE that echolocation song! I am totally going to use that… I have my kiddos play an echolocation game and the song will be a perfect introduction, thanks for sharing that find!
    Your newest follower,
    Vanessa
    Kindergarten Schmindergarten

  • Your students did a GREAT job on their essays! I guess a little healthy competition is the answer! You go, girl!
    Ѽ Lori
    Teaching With Love and Laughter
    luvyorkies@gmail.com

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