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November 03

Stellaluna author Janell Cannon was born in 1957.

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Stellaluna author Janell Cannon was born in 1957.

Grades 1 – 5
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Stellaluna, the story of a baby bat that learns to live with birds, is a must-read on any booklist when students begin a study of bats. It also makes for a great read-aloud in celebration of Janell Cannon's birthday.




After reading Stellaluna, lead a discussion with your students about the themes in the story. Ask them to talk about the differences between Stellaluna and the birds, and how those differences influenced the way the animals interacted with each other. Use the story as an introduction to a unit on bats or as a lead-in to a creative writing activity. A nice follow-up to a read-aloud, for example, would be to have students write their own sequels to Stellaluna. This can be done using the Stapleless Book, either independently or with a partner. To learn more about making a Stapleless Book, watch the video on how to fold a Stapleless Book.



  • The Adventures of Echo the Bat

    This NASA site provides students with a multimedia learning experience on bats. Students read a fiction story that contains a good deal of factual information about bats and also teaches about remote-sensing technology.

  • Stellaluna's Friends

    Students in grades K-3 researched bats in their communities and engaged in creative-writing activities. Their work can be used as a model for your students to follow.

  • Creature Feature: Vampire Bats

    This National Geographic Kids resource includes facts about vampire bats, audio and video clips, and a map showing the range of vampire bats.

  • Bat Conservation International

    This site offers articles about issues related to bat conservation, as well as plans for bat houses, a photo gallery, and more.


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Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Unit

Investigating Animals: Using Nonfiction for Inquiry-based Research

Inspired by their curiosity about animals, students work together to research an animal of their choice and present the information they gather to an authentic audience.


Grades   3 – 5  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Fishing for Readers: Identifying and Writing Effective Opening "Hooks"

Good writers "hook" their readers in the very first sentences. In this lesson, students learn how to cast an attention-grabbing hook in their writing to effectively draw in readers' attention.


Grades   K – 2  |  Lesson Plan  |  Standard Lesson

Animal Study: From Fiction to Facts

Students listen to fiction and nonfiction read-alouds and explore selected Websites to identify factual information about animals. This lesson focuses on ants, but can be adapted to any animal.