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Hanging Around with Bats
TPW Magazine, October 2008

You may print Hanging Around with Bats children's pages from the TPW Magazine. Comments and suggestions welcome at: education@tpwd.state.tx.us Be sure to check out the TPW Magazine special offer for Teachers!

Suggested Topics: echolocation, myths, scientific processes, migration, adaptations, systems, human impacts

Related 4th Grade TEKS: Science 4.5 Parts removed from complex systems, 4.8 Adaptations increase survival; Social Studies 4.9 Humans adapt to and modify their environment, 4.22 Use critical thinking to organize and use information from a variety of sources, 4.23 Communicates in written, oral and visual forms; Language Arts 4.5 Speaks clearly and appropriately to different audiences for different purposes and occasions, 4.13 Inquires and conducts research using a variety of sources; Math 4.13 Solve problems by collecting, organizing, displaying and interpreting data, 4.16 Uses logical reasoning. 4.4 Multiplies and divides to solve meaningful problems, 4.5 Estimates to determine reasonable results.

Discussion Questions

Bat Activities

Frankie the Free-tailed Bat
Download this book and discover the world of bats through Frankie's eyes! English media download(PDF 1.6 MB) and Spanish media download(PDF 1.8 MB) versions.
Name the parts of a bat.
Student handout. Answer sheet.
Scientific American Frontiers Calls of the Wild
Bats and Echolocation: http://www.pbs.org/saf/1308/teaching/teaching.htm
Ideas from the Student Page
Kids' Cave Bats Conservation International (video, quiz, bat mask, etc.)
Amazing Bats of Bracken Cave, National Geographic Kids
Mexican Free-tailed bats, National Geographic video
Bat-Watching Field Trip
Visit a bat habitat in a place near your school about 30 minutes before sunset. Draw a picture of the bats emerging from their homes or write a journal page about what you saw and how you felt. Make sure you don’t interfere with or harass the bats.
Talk to a Bat Expert
Take part in Old Tunnel education programs (includes information on scheduling a visit from the naturalist to your school!)
Bat House Project
Have students build a (mock) bat house out of school craft supplies. They should measure the dimensions and apply any formulas that they have learned such as area, volume, surface area etc, and think of ways to include the most important features that bats need in their homes to survive.
Bat Conservation International Curriculum
http://www.batcon.org/home/index.asp?idPage=66
Build a Bat House
http://www.batcon.org/bhra/economyhouse.html
Read about someone who created a bat cave!
Bamberger's Chiroptorium: http://www.bambergerranch.org/news/bats.phtml
Watch the video about the teenager who uses echolocation.
How does echolocation help him? Experiment and see if you can first locate things by sound, then try to hear echoes. Hearing echoes will be difficult!
Ideas from our Naturalists
Nyta Hensley from Old Tunnel shares one of her games and favorite web sites.

Advanced: check the Research and Further Reading page for many fascinating topics for additional study

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