Large Open Area Required
Stellaluna Steal Tag

Suggested Grade Level(s): K, 1

Content Standard(s):

  • K - Reading/Language Arts
    • Key Ideas and Details | RI.K.3:
      With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text.
  • K - Physical Education
    • S2.E2.K:
      Travels in 3 different pathways
  • 1 - Reading/Language Arts
    • Key Ideas and Details | RI.1.2:
      Identify the main topic and retell key details of a text.
  • 1 - Physical Education
    • S2.E2.1a:
      Travels demonstrating low, middle and high levels.

Purpose of Activity (objectives, etc.):

Students will listen to the reading of the book Stellaluna.
Students will participate in the Stellaluna Steal Tag Activity combining locomotor skills (walking, dodging) with pathways (e.g., straight, zigzag, and curved).

Materials/Equipment (Needed):

  • Book: Stellaluna by Janell Cannon 
  • Bean bags (1 for each students except the four taggers) link to S&S
  • Bin or container
  • Pathways signs (3 note cards with the words, curvy, straight, and zigzag)


  1. Read the book Stellaluna to the children.
  2. After the students have listened to the book, ask them if they remember what happened at the beginning of the story. In the story Stellaluna's mother carries her as she searches for food. The owl spots them and the mother bat tries to escape by dodging.
  3. Pick 4 "Owls" to be taggers. The remainder of the students will be “Mother Bats”.
  4. Tell the mother bats to cup their hands beneath their chest and hold their baby bat (bean bag). Try to protect the baby bat by dodging the "Owls". If an owl knocks your baby bat out of your hands and steals it, the owl will take it to the baby bat bin. The mother bats must travel to the bat bin. When you travel you must watch for the sign the teacher is holding. Whatever pathway is on the sign is the pathway you have to take to get to the baby bat bin.


10 minutes