Baby Black Bat
Associate the uppercase letter B (and lowercase letter b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., bat, baby, bug)
- Baby Black Bat graphic (see below)
- Plastic baggie (optional)
- Big brown bugs (bunched up brown paper)
- Blue bags (optional)
- Black Bats Eat Bugs target text (see below)
- Black, brown, and blue crayons
State and model the objective
Tell the children they will help collect big brown bugs to feed to Baby Black Bat as they practice saying the /b/ sound in words that begin with the letter B such as big, bag, and brown.
Practice the skill within an activity
Collect brown bugs
- Attach cardboard to Baby Black Bat graphic to make it stand up on a table or floor, and then cut out the mouth. Attach plastic baggie behind Baby Black Bat's mouth (optional). Place big brown bugs (bunched up brown paper) around the classroom.
- Write the uppercase letter B and the lowercase letter b on the whiteboard, then write the following sentence in big letters for the children to see:
- “Find a big brown bug for Baby Black Bat!”
- Teach this sentence to the children as a chant, pointing to each word as it is said. Have the children clap on every word beginning with the letter B.
- Choose a small group of children to collect two or three big brown bugs in a blue bag (optional) while everyone else says the chant.
- Have the children say, “/B/ - /b/ - bite the brown bug!” as they feed the bugs to Baby Black Bat.
Apply the skill (choose from the following)
Read target words
- Read the target text Black Bats Eat Bugs (see below) to the children.
- Have the children circle every letter B and b with a brown, black, or blue crayon.
- Read the text again and have the children say the /b/ sound each time you come to a letter B or b.
Write the target letter
- Help the children write the letter B (and lowercase b), on small pieces of paper.
- As they write, point out the shape included in the letters B and b (i.e., lines, and half circles).
- Have the children pretend that the B and b papers are bugs that they feed to the Baby Black Bat.
- Have the children produce the /b/ sound each time they feed the letter B to the bat.
SEEL Target Texts
Baby Bats Eat Bugs
What can we feed the baby black bat?
Feed big brown bugs to Baby Black Bat!
SEEL At Home
Associate the letter B (and lowercase b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., bat, baby, bug).
- Baby Black Bat picture (cut a hole in its mouth and fold paper over so it stands up)
- Black Bats Eat Bugs text
- Brown paper to tear and roll up to make big brown bugs (place around room)
Activity: Baby Black Bat
- Have your child collect the big brown bugs from around the room in a blue bag (optional) while chanting, "Find a big brown bug for Baby Black Bat!"
- Take turns feeding Baby Black Bat the big brown bugs. As you feed the bat a bug say, "/B/ - /b/ - bite the brown bug!"
- Read the Black Bats Eat Bugs text together. Have your child underline each letter B.
- Help your child make a list of other things beginning with the letter B that Baby Black Bat might like to eat. Have your child write the letter B in each word.
- Read the list together, emphasizing the /b/ sound in each word.
- The activity can be repeated as many times as desired.
1. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.1.D: Recognize and name all upper and lower case letters in the alphabet.
2. CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RF.K.3.A: Demonstrate basic knowledge of one-to-one letter-sound correspondences by producing the primary sound or many of the most frequent sounds for each consonant.
Baby Black Bat