for Bat Day
students will explore the different measures bat
preservationists are taking to save bats from becoming
- A book (Bats!
Strange and Wonderful by Laurence Pringle, for
example) or web links which discuss bat
preservation. A good link for information is Bat
Conservation International (The information is
presented at an adult level, but there are good
photographs to show the students.)
- Large pieces of paper.
- Writing utensil, such as
crayons, markers, and colored pencils.
the Bats Worksheet (optional).
- Read the book or
paraphrase the information given at the web site.
- The main points to discuss
- Some people are building bat houses.
- Some people are making bridges good roosting places
- Some people are putting grill work on old mines and
caves to keep people out, but still provide a safe place for
- Some people have set up nature preserves to protect
large groups of bats.
- In addition, mention the things people should not do
which can harm bats, i.e. hurting them, driving them
from their homes, polluting, etc.
- Allow the students to
create posters with "Save The Bats"
- As an alternative, have
the students complete the Protect
the Bats Worksheet.
- Visit the following web
Species, view photographs of different species of
bats and locate their homes on maps.
- Have a lesson on the
continents (bats live on every continent, except