A Boy Called Bat #2

Hello Time Travelers and Banana Smoothies!
I hope you have been reading A Boy Called Bat by Alana K. Arnold!

Here are some things that you can do as you continue reading the book. Choose the ideas that are most interesting to you:

  • Keep working on your Character List. Every time a new character is introduced in the story, write down their name and a few important facts about that person. Do this for the entire book. You can add facts about people as they pop up in the story.
    If you need a blank Character List, the link is on Week #1 on the ODE Homework page. Or you can keep your list in a notebook.


  • Keep working on your Character Chart for Bat. Every time you learn something new about him, write it down. If you have a big enough piece of paper, have someone trace your body onto it, decorate it to look like Bat, and write your facts inside the outline. Hang it on a wall or door where you can see it. When you are done with the book, you should have a fact-filled Bat!


At the end of Chapter 6, we can predict a conflict (problem) that will come up later in the story. Can you figure out what the problem will be?

In Chapter 7, Bat knows how far it is from his house to his school (see p. 39). How far is it from your house to ODE? How can you figure it out?


Here are some words and phrases to look up from the next four chapters of the book:

+ Chapter 5 – When Bat first saw the baby skunk, he was “enchanted by the tiny creature” (p. 22). What does “enchanted” mean here?

+ Chapter 6 – Bat knew that skunks are omnivores (p. 29). What is an omnivore?

+ Chapter 7 – Laurence is a vet tech at Mom’s clinic (p. 37). What does a vet tech do? What is “vet tech” short for?

+ Chapter 8 – On pp. 50 – 52, Bat counts the eyelets on Mr. Grayson’s shoes. What are eyelets?


Gather Data / Make a Graph!
Bat has half as many eyelets on his shoes than Mr. Grayson. Look at all the shoes in your house (there are probably more than you think!). Keep track of how many eyelets are on each shoe. Once you have gathered all of your data (information), answer these questions:
Whose shoes have the least number of eyelets?
Whose shoes have the most number of eyelets?
Were there any shoes with no eyelets?
Is there a relationship between the size of the shoe and the number of eyelets?

Make a bar graph to show how many shoes have the same number of eyelets.
What is the most common number of eyelets on the shoes in your house?


Animal Knowledge:

Bat knows a lot about animals. Try this “Animal Knowledge” worksheet to see how much you know. It’s okay to look up information you don’t know, too!



Discussion Questions:

Parents: Here are some discussion questions and activity ideas for Chapters 5 – 8 that I found online. They may be helpful if you would like to ask your children some questions about what they are reading. (Disregard the date at the top of the page)



Please email me if you have any questions, or if you would like to share your child’s work with me (AnAndrews72@gmail.com). I hope you are all well!

Banana Smoothies – many of you will be Seahorses next year! If you would like to try reading the book that the Seahorses are reading this session, go for it! You can find the information on the Homework page under Seahorses & Dragons.