Stellaluna book activities that are available in a printable and digital format. Students respond to literature and develop reading comprehension skills.
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon is a story about a young fruit bat that is separated from her mother. The baby bat, Stellaluna, discovers a nest of birds and soon becomes apart of their family. This book is a great story to read during the Fall months when you are learning about bats. Here is a read-aloud of the story:
Stellaluna Book Activities
In our Engaging Readers digital unit for October, there are 5 days of reading lesson plans with responding activities. Throughout the week, students develop strategies such as predicting, comparing & contrasting, and inferring. Students also complete a story retell and opinion writing. At the end of the week, there is a craft option as well!
The unit has a digital option where you can upload the reading response activities with just one click to Seesaw. You can also use the PowerPoints to upload to Google Classroom. If you prefer paper and pencil, we have that too! With our print and go activities, you have all that you need for a week of developing reading comprehension skills.
Students make a prediction about what will happen when Mama Bird arrives back at the nest and sees Stellaluna.
By day 2, students have listened to the story twice and are ready to put the events in order. Typically, this is done as a whole-group activity and followed up with an independent retell.
Or, students can complete the retell digitally! Here you can see a little guy working in Seesaw to retell the story. They can also record themselves using the mic to say each event in the order of the story.
Comparing and Contrasting
On day 3, students compare bats and birds using a graphic organizer.
When students infer, they use clues in the story to help them understand what is happening. Students respond to literature on day 4 by thinking about all that Stellaluna has been through. They use their inferring skills and evidence from the story to tell how they think Stellaluna is feeling.
On the last day, students write about their favorite part of the story and provide reasons for their opinion.
We also included a fun craft for the story! These little birds and Stellaluna are adorable!
For a week of digital and printable lesson plans for Stellaluna (plus 3 other great titles), click here:
If you would like a nonfiction unit about bats, check out this blog post: