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BLAST Early Learning
Creatures of the Night

Books:

bandits

Bandits by Johanna Wright
Raccoons wreak havoc on a town during the night, rummaging through garbage cans, stealing food, and then running off into the hills to enjoy their loot.

 

owl babies

Owl Babies

by Martin Waddell;

illustrated by Patrick Benson
Three owl babies whose mother has gone out in the night try to stay calm while she is gone.

 

Ten Flashing Fireflies
by Philemon Sturges; illustrated by Anna Vojtech
Two children catch fireflies on a summer night, putting them one by one into a jar until all ten are caught, and then they let them out to watch all ten fly away.

Open-ended Questions for Bandits :

• Why do you think that the raccoons in the story are called bandits?
• Why do you think that it is not kind to snatch something from someone?

 

Song:

The Firefly at Night
The firefly at night goes blink, blink, blink
Blink, blink, blink, blink, blink, blink
The firefly at night goes blink, blink, blink
All night long

The crickets in the leaves go, “Chirp, chirp, chirp…”
The moth around the light goes flutter, flutter flutter…” The bats in the sky go, “Squeak, squeak, squeak…”
The owl in the tree goes, “Whoo, whoo, whoo…”
And the mommies by the cradles say, “Shh, shh, shh…”


 

Song:

Owl in the Tree
(Sung to the tune of “Skip to my Lou”)
Owl in the tree says, who, who, who,
Owl in the tree says, who, who, who.
Owl in the tree says, who, who, who,
Who, who, who are you?
(Point to a child and have them say his or her name)

 

Vocabulary Word:

snatch: v. to grab something quickly

“They snatch and launder whatever they’ve found.”
(taken from Bandits by Johanna Wright)

 

Activities:

Fingerprint Fireflies
You will need washable, non-toxic, glow-in-the-dark paint (found at most craft stores); black construction paper; and chalk or white crayons. Write each child’s name on the back of the black paper with chalk or white crayon. Have each child dip her thumb in the paint and press her thumbprint on the front of the paper. Wipe thumbs. Next, have children dip their pinky finger in the paint, and add a pinky print on each side of the thumb print to make wings. Let dry.

Owl Exercises (www.kidssoup.com)
Lead children in some movements and stretches using owl behaviors as a guide. Children can:
1. Fly: by flapping their arms
2. Look around: by turning their heads slowly from side to side
3. Perch: by bending their knees and standing on their toes with their arms at their side
4. Swoop: by sticking their arms out straight to each side and dipping their heads down and then back up from side to side

Ask children for other ideas they might have about owl behaviors that can be acted out as movement or stretching exercises.

 

Literature:

Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
After she falls headfirst into a bird's nest, a baby bat is raised like a bird until she is reunited with her mother.

 

“I’m Not Scared!" by Jonathan Allen
When Baby Owl takes his stuffed Owly out for a walk in the moonlit woods, he insists that he is not afraid of the other animals that keep popping up and making them jump.


 
bats at the library

Bats at the Library by Brian Lies
Bored with another normal, inky evening, bats discover an open library window and fly in to enjoy the photocopier, water fountain, and especially the books and stories found there.

 
bat jamboree

Bat Jamboree
by Kathi Appelt; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
At an abandoned outdoor movie theater, fifty-five bats perform in a toe-tapping, wing-flapping revue--and await the grand finale.