by David L. Harrison
See those bats?
In the maple tree?
The one on the left
Belongs to me.
Haven't told him yet
He's my pet.
(Read the rest of the poem on p. 110 in the book.)
Take 51. To set the stage before reading this poem aloud, make an origami bat. A simple model is available here: nickrobinson.info/origami/diagrams/bat.htm. After reading the poem aloud, hang the bat upside down.
2. Read the poem again and this time invite students to chime in on the second and final stanzas in whisper voices while you read the rest aloud.
3. For discussion: If you could have any pet (that’s not usually a pet) what would it be?
4. Guide students in identifying the rhyming words in this poem (tree/me; yet/pet; friends/ends; night/flight; skies/flies). Read the poem out loud again and display the poem so students can join in on the rhyming words.
5. Compare this with another poem, “Bat” by X. J. Kennedy (1st Grade, Week 8) or a selection from Fuzzy-Fast Blur: Poems About Pets by Laura Purdie Salas.
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