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Lotsa Lesson Plans - BATS


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The baby bat 
Screamed out in fright,
"Turn on the dark,
I'm afraid of the light!"

Bat hats are fun for this time of year.  But a black two inch strip large enough to go around the child's head.  Glue on wings to the side and add eyes in the front.  When the kids walk around the wings move and it almost looks as if they are flying.

Submitted by Shelley
Five Batty Bats
Five batty bats
Were hanging b‘neath the moon.
"Quiet!" said the first.
"The witch is coming soon."
"She’s green," said the second,
"With a purple pointy nose."
"Black boots," said the third,
"Cover up her ugly toes."
"Her broom," said the fourth,
"Can scratch you - that I know!"
"I’m scared," said the fifth.
"I think we’d better go."
Five batty bats
Escaped into the night.
"Dear me," said the witch.
"That’s a scary sight!"

Submitted by Terri
Bats:  This is the theme I am working on right now with the kids.  Here are some of the activities from my lesson plans.
1.  Make toilet paper tube bats.  Paint tube black or brown and then add bat wings.
2.  Use 3 sections of an egg carton.  Remove the front section only of the two end sections.  Paint.  Attach a rubber band to hang it from and wiggle eyes.  Voila. .  a bat
3.   Hearing Experiment:  Choose one child to be the bat.  The bat sits in the middle of the circle.  Give two different sounding musical instruments to two different children.  The bat closes his eyes.  The children play the instruments and the bat must use his ears to point in the direction of the sounds.
4.   Hand Print Bats
Paint both hands black and put side by side (bat wings). Add wiggly eyes.
5.   My class used to love to make Bat Toast ... like French Toast. Cut bread into bat shapes with a cookie cutter. Dip in egg batter. Cook in electric skillet coated with Pam or butter, whatever. Serve with jam. Not all that exciting, but they love it. And you can repeat this activity with increased skill and dexterity with ANY theme.
6.  Fudgy Bat Cookies
9 oz Chocolate wafer cookies
4 oz Milk chocolate candy melts
Use a serrated knife to carefully cut 18 of the cookies into quarters. Save remaining cookies for another use. For each bat, place 2 cookie quarters 1/4" apart on waxed paper. Repeat with remaining quarters. Melt candy melts. Drop about 1/2 teaspoon of melted candy at center of each bat, connecting cookies. Use a toothpick to smooth melted candy into a uniform circle. Cool completely before removing from waxed paper.
7.   Make a fruit salad from mangoes, banana and dates to represent the types of fruit that fruit bats eat.
8.   Make a bat cave. we made the entryway into our room into a cave by sponge painting black paper with different shades of brown paint and silver glitter and covered all sides and suspended paper from the top by using paper clips in the suspension ceiling.
9.   Books
BAT JAMBOREE (Kathi Appelt, ill. by Melissa Sweet)
STELLALUNA (Janell Cannon)-also check out the book and CD-Rom for this story

Submitted by Sharon
When the sun goes down,
Bats wake from their sleep.
They begin to stir
And squeak and peep.
Then they dart about
Their cavernous room,
Anxious for
The deepening gloom.
They pour from their cave
Out into the night,
Huge black clouds
In hungry flight.
Gobbling beetles
And moths as they fly,
They darken the already
Darkened sky...
Only returning
When night grows gray
To hang from their ceilings
And sleep all day.
  Dee Lilligard

The following cross curriculum bat ideas were submitted by Anita of the K.O.S. Loop
Amazing Bat Trivia
1.  The world's smallest mammal is the bumblebee bat of Thailand, weighing less than a penny.
2.  Giant flying foxes that live in Indonesia have wingspans of nearly six feet.  The common little brown bat of North America is the world's longest-lived mammal for its size, with life spans sometimes exceeding 32 years.
3.  Mexican free-tailed bats sometimes fly up to two miles high to feed or to catch tailwinds that carry them over long distances at speeds of more than 60 miles per hour.
4.  The pallid bat of western North America is immune to the stings of scorpions and even the seven-inch centipede upon which it feeds.
5.  Fishing bats have echolocation so sophisticated that they can detect a minnow's fin as fine as a human hair, protruding only two millimeters above a ponds surface.
6.  African heart-nosed bats can hear the footsteps of a beetle walking on sand from a distance of more than six feet.
7.  Red bats, which live in tree foliage throughout most of North America, can withstand body temperatures as low as 23 degrees F. during winter hibernation.
8.  Tiny woolly bats of West Africa live in the large webs of colonial spiders.
9.  The Honduran white bat is snow white with a yellow nose and ears.  It cuts large leaves to make "tents" that protect its small colonies from jungle rains.
10.  Frog-eating bats identify edible from poisonous frogs by listening to the mating calls of male frogs.
11.  Vampire bats adopt orphans and have been known to risk their lives to share food with less fortunate roost-males.
But of all the enemies that kill bats, the most dangerous are humans.  Humans, victims of wrong ideas about bats, have been killing them by the millions. The truth is that bats are much more helpful than they are harmful. They help to control crop pests and other insects that spread disease to humans and livestock.  Think how many more harmful and destructive insects there would be if insectivorous bats were not here to eat tons of insect pests each night to keep down the insect population. Bats are needed in large numbers to help maintain the balance of nature.

Title: More Bat Facts - Informative

Did You Know?  Bat Facts
 1.  Did you know that bats have knees, elbows, wrists, and fingers?  Bats use their thumbs and feet to hold food and hold their babies.
2.  Most bats eat insects. Some eat fruit, fish, or plants.  Bats have sharp teeth to help them chew their food.
3.  Bats can be the size of a jellybean (bumblebee bat) or be as large as the fruit bat, which has the wingspan of more then 5 feet!
4. Bats live everywhere in the world except in the Arctic and Antarctica.

Title: Make a Bat - ART

Cut two cups from an egg carton for each bat.  Glue these to each side of wings cut from black paper.  Cut pointed ears and glue in place.  Use paper- punch dot eyes and a mouth cut from red paper.  Glue a string to the back and hang up.

Title: Hand Print Bats
Paint both hands black and put side by side (bat wings). Add wiggly eyes.

Title: Bat Mural - ART
Take a piece of paper and fold in half. Cut out a bat shape or make a template that can be traced around on each paper and let the kids cut out. Let the children decorate. Show them pictures of bats.  Not all bats are black. Some are white. Some are black with white spots. Some are brown, red, and gray and many other colors. Let the child pick out the bat that they want to color. Draw a huge cave using brown paper. Hang all the bats around the cave.
When you hang the bats, fold the wings to wrap around the body like real bats do.  Some are hanging, flying, sleeping etc.

Title: Bat Art
 Sponge paint with bat shaped sponges.

Title: Science - Hearing
Bats use their sense of hearing to help them find food; their ears are very sensitive. A bat can tell where and object or animal is by making clicking sounds that result in echoes (echolocation).  Bats can tell where trees and buildings are by using this system.  That is how bats can fly in darkness without hitting anything.

Hearing Experiment
One child is the bat and 3 or 4 other children will make sounds.
Give the 3 or 4 children something to make a sound with like a bell, wooden sticks to click together, or a drum.  With the bat in the middle the other children position themselves around the bat. Bat should close eyes.  Children should make their noise and the bat should walk over to that child and touch him.  Continue until everyone has a chance to be the bat.

Title: Bat Poem
One little bat was trying to behave.
He hung upside down from his feet in a cave.
Another bat flew in, and said, "How do you do?"
The second joined the first, and then there were 2!
2 little bats were trying to behave.
They hung upside down from their feet in a cave.
To help pass the time, they sang "Do re me"
Another bat joined the song, and then there were 3.
3 little bats were trying to behave
They hung upside down from their feet in a cave
From their cave perch, they looked down at the floor,
A new bat joined the game, and then there were 4.
4 little bats were trying to behave.
They hung upside down from their feet in a cave.
One little bat zoomed inside and did a dive.
He stayed to take a rest, and with him there were 5.

Title: Bats - Poem
Bats have shiny leather wings,
Bats do many clever things,
Bats doze upside-down by day,
Bats come out at night to play.
Bats cavort in soaring cliques,
Sounding ultrasonic shrieks,
Acrobatic in the sky,
Bats catch every bug they spy.

 Thanks Anita for all those great "batty" ideas!

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