A Boy Called Bat #4

Hello Time Travelers and Banana Smoothies!

Here are some things that you can do as you continue reading A Boy Called Bat. Choose the ideas that are most interesting to you:


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!


What’s In A Name? – The title of Chapter 13 is “What’s In A Name”. Many names come from other languages and cultures. Do you know what your name means? Ask your parents, or look it up.


Thor! – In Chapter 13, Janie suggests the name “Thor” for the skunk kit. Did you know that the name Thor comes from Norse mythology? (read Janie’s explanation on p.83). Many of us know Thor from the Marvel movies. Do some research on Thor, the god of thunder and lightning. (If you are Googling, search for Thor mythology for kids)
How does your research compare to the character you see in the movies?


Skunk Facts – In Chapter 15, Bat looks in his animal encyclopedia for information about skunks. Make a poster about skunks. Draw a picture, and add skunk facts all around your drawing. You can start with the facts that Bat learned from his encyclopedia (p. 92 – 93).
You can also go to Dr. Jerry Dragoo’s website (he is a real person!) –   http://www.dragoo.org/


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

Chapter 13 – Both Babycakes and the baby skunk have an enclosure (p. 78). What is an “enclosure”?

Chapter 14 – On p. 90, Bat says that when Thor gets bigger, he wants to revisit the conversation about letting the kit sleep in his bed. What does “revisit the conversation” mean?

Chapter 15 – Bat reads that skunks sometimes make their homes in abandoned burrows (p. 92). What does “abandoned” mean?

Chapter 16 – The title of this chapter is A Correspondence. What does “correspondence” mean?


Worksheet – “Figures of Speech and What They Mean”
Bat has a hard time understanding the meaning of figures of speech. Try this worksheet to look at figures of speech from Bat’s point of view.



Parents: Here are some discussion questions and activity ideas for Chapters 13 – 16 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.