Thursday, June 20, 2013

Mentor Text Memo- Science


This week The Collaboration Cuties are focusing on Science books. I am so excited about this because I taught 5th grade Science (and Math) for the past five years!

One of the standards that we taught was the difference between learned and inherited traits. Stellaluna worked perfectly!

This is a very popular book, but just in case you have not read it, below is a little synopsis.

Knocked from her mother’s safe embrace by an attacking owl, Stellaluna lands headfirst in a bird’s nest. This adorable baby fruit bat’s world is literally turned upside down when she is adopted by the occupants of the nest and adapts to their peculiar bird habits. Two pages of notes at the end of the story provide factual information about bats. “Delightful and informative but never didactic; a splendid debut.”—Kirkus Reviews


The kids always love this book and I almost always tear up! While reading I ask the students to look for learned and inherited traits. They are able to find many different examples! Learned- sleep right side up, eat bugs   Inherited- see at night, eat fruit

We then make a class Venn Diagram that compares and contrast birds and bats.

For lower grades you could do some of the following: (all found on pinterest with links included)

Click the picture for a wonderful unit on TPT! This is recommended for first, second, or third grade.

Hope this helps! Stellaluna can be used for so many subjects and grade levels.

Have a great Thursday! The weekend is almost here!

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