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!
Braiding – In Chapter 22, Janie let Bat braid her hair. Do you know how to braid?
If not, have someone teach you, and then practice braiding like Bat.
If you like to braid, and have old sheets or extra fabric around the house, try making a rag rug (ask if it’s okay to use the fabric first!). Here’s a quick video explaining how:
Nooks – In Chapter 23, Bat took the sleeping kit from his padded nook (p. 156). Create a cozy nook for yourself, or for one of your toys or stuffed animals.
Reread to Find Clues – In Chapter 24, Bat has to wait for something he really, really wants to do right now. What thoughts, words and actions show you that Bat is struggling with waiting to read Dr. Dragoo’s email? (p. 166 – 169) Have you ever had the same feelings as Bat?
Eyes & Hands – Mom says you can tell a lot about a person by looking into their eyes, but Bat thinks you can tell what a person is like by looking at their hands. What do you think?
Look at the hands or eyes or your family members. What can you tell about looking at them? Can you draw them?
Here are some words to look up from the next five chapters of the book:
Chapter 22 – “wound” (Bat reached the bottom of the first section of hair and wound a pink elastic band around its end – p. 152). This word has two meanings and two different pronunciations. What does it mean in this sentence, and how is it pronounced?
Chapter 23 – “nook” (Bat…found the kit tucked in his sleeping corner, surrounded by the rice-filled socks that made a nice padded nook – p. 156). What is a nook? Is there a nook in your house where you like to spend time?
Chapter 24 – “reluctantly” (Mr. Grayson looked serious, so Bat reluctantly went to his seat – p. 167). Once you look up the word, try using it in a sentence.
Chapter 25 – “That takes guts” (Janie is impressed that Bat wrote to Dr. Jerry Dragoo – p. 180). Can you explain what “that takes guts” means?
Chapter 26 – “seedling” (Maybe you boys could plant some of the seedlings – p. 184). What is a seedling? (Hint: This is the time of year for them – maybe you have some at your house!)
“Bat Reads Body Language” & “Empathy”
Both worksheets are in this link:
Parents: Here are some very good discussion questions for Chapters 22 – 26 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)