Bats are amazing mammals. They fly, use sonar, sleep upside down and can each eat up to 5,000 insects per evening! This amazing project provides everything you need to create bats that fly, eat and sleep. Take your bat off the branch and it dances about with the tapping of a finger.
Ages 6 and up.
Unit Goals and Concepts:
- Understand the differences between different types of bats.
- Discuss the habitat of bats.
- Create a bat with eyes, feet, wings that close, a "branch" to hang from and a magnetic mouth for "eating" paperclips.
- Learn about different parts of a bat's body.
- Foam bats, plus all the parts to put it together.
- Our instructor's activity guide that provides loads of information on bats, detailed project instructions, games and more. There's also a reproducible sheet with pictures of bat anatomy, a word search puzzle and other fun activities.
- The only materials you supply are glue, scissors and paper clips (our bat has a magnet for a mouth to facilitate insect eating races!)
General: National Science Education Standard NS.K-4.3 and NS.5-8.3 Life Science.
Content Standard C: The Characteristics of Organisms (K-4)
Each plant or animal has different structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
Organisms and their Environments (K-4)
All animals depend on plants. Some animals eat plants for food. Other animals eat animals that eat the plants.
Humans depend on their natural and constructed environments. Humans change environments in ways that can be either beneficial or detrimental for themselves and other organisms.
Structure and Function in Living Systems (5-8)
Living systems at all levels of organization demonstrate the complementary nature of structure and function. Important levels of organization for structure and function include cells, organs, tissues, organ systems, whole organisms, and ecosystems.
Specific (California standards):
(K.2c) Students know how to identify major structures of common plants and animals.
(1.2a) Students know different plants and animals inhabit different kinds of environments and have external features that help them thrive in different kinds of places.
(2.2d) Students know there is variation among individuals of one kind within a population.
(3.3a) Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in growth, survival, and reproduction.
(3.3d) Students know when the environment changes, some plants and animals survive and reproduce; others die or move to new locations.
(4.3c) Students know many plants depend on animals for pollination and seed dispersal, and animals depend on plants for food and shelter.
(7.3.5) Students know that extinction of a species occurs when the environment changes and the adaptive characteristics of a species are insufficient for its survival.