for Bat Day
students will explore echolocation as a mechanism used by
bats for locating food.
- A nonfiction bat book
which explains echolocation or a link to one of the
following websites: Echolocation
And How It Works or Bat
Conservation International (this site contains
actual audio clips of bat calls.)
- Tuning forks, musical
triangles or drums. (Or any other object available to
demonstrate sound vibrations.)
- A space, such as the
school gym or auditorium which allows for hearing
- Introduce the term
echolocation. You may want to do this through a
book or at an aforementioned web site.
- If possible, play the
audio clips of the bat calls.
- Pass out the tuning forks
(or other object) and have the students explore
"feeling" the sound waves in the vibration.
- Discuss how sound waves
actually travel through the object and the air.
- Go to the space which was
selected for the students to test making their own
echoes. Discuss how they actually hear their own
voices (or other noises made) by the sound waves of
their voices bouncing off the objects (such as the
walls) of the room
- Introduce to the students
that bats are the only flying mammal. Have the
students classify animals using the Classifying
- Do a Venn Diagram
comparing a Bat Wing and a Human Hand.
- As also listed in the
Language Arts Lesson, make Bat Vocabulary books.
These books can include words such as roost, mammal,
echolocation, and nocturnal.
- Compare the varied diets
of different types of bats.
- Compare and contrast 2
types of bats.