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Bat’s Big Game Activities and Lesson Plans for 2023

Elementary teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for Bat’s Big Game will find this post helpful. It includes resource recommendations, free teaching ideas, and information about the book. You’ll have everything you need to deliver engaging interactive read aloud lessons based on this story.

With themes of sportsmanship and teamwork, this Bat’s Big Game picture book by Margaret Read Macdonald is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It will be a big hit in your classroom too! Learn more about this book below!

Engage Your Students with Bat’s Big Game Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of Bat’s Big Game. You can find it in the section below.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with Bat’s Big Game reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

BAT'S BIG GAME SUMMARY

Bat’s Big Game by Margaret Read Macdonald is about a soccer game between the Animal team and the Bird team. When Bat gets to the game, he looks at the two teams and decides that the Animal team looks stronger and like it has a better chance of winning. He decides the Animal team is the one he will play on.

When the game gets started, points are scored quickly between the Animal and Bird teams. Before the players know it, the Bird team is winning. Bat decides he must be on the winning team and takes off his Animal shirt and goes to tell the birds he has just arrived at the game and will be on their team.

When the Animal team starts to win again, Bat switches back into his Animal shirt and tries to go back to their team. Bear catches him and both teams decide to kick Bat out of the game.

Bat says that next time he will only play on one team. 

BAT’S BIG GAME LESSON PLAN IDEAS

Each of our 400+ Starts With a Story book companions come with a teacher’s guide to make lesson planning quick and easy, printable worksheets and digital resources that cover ALL of the standards-based reading comprehension skills.

When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for Bat’s Big Game, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based Bat’s Big Game reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • authors purpose
  • making predictions
  • summarizing/retelling

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • sportsmanship
  • teamwork

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • common and proper nouns
  • action verbs
  • contractions

BAT’S BIG GAME ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for Bat’s Big Game?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD500L
  • Guided Reading Level: N
  • DRA Level: 24
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.7

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Margaret Read Macdonald. It was illustrated by Eugenia Nobati.

What genre is Bat’s Big Game ?

It is a fiction book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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