Baby Black Bat


Associate the uppercase letter B (and lowercase letter b) with the /b/ sound (e.g., bat, baby, bug)


Lesson Plan

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Target Words:

  • black
  • baby
  • bat
  • bite
  • bug


  • Baby Black Bat graphic (see below)
  • Cardboard
  • 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

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Baby Bats Eat Bugs

Baby Black Bat is hungry.
What can we feed the baby black bat?
Feed big brown bugs to Baby Black Bat!


SEEL At Home

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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.  



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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.