Ideas for teaching about Bats
Not everyone gets to see them face-to-face, but they are well-known as a symbol of Halloween. A bat theme is great to teach anytime but especially during the month of October. Here is some background information for you and some fun bat activities. Scroll to the end for your free research bat worksheet.
What are bats?
Bats are the only mammals in the entire world that can fly. Its scientific name is Chiroptera, the Greek term for “hand wing.” This is because their four fingers and the thumb are connected at the tips of their wings. There are two types: microbats and megabats. Most of them make use of echolocation to navigate, where they produce a high-pitched sound that bounces off objects to determine where everything is. Due to having a hard time looking for a good place to roost, most bats live together under the same place. Contrary to popular belief, most of their diets consist of insects, small animals, and fruits.
Parts of a bat
Their most prominent feature are their wings. They are connected to the left and right sides of the main body, which is also connected to its arms and hands. When they aren’t flying, they can fold while they hold onto their food using their hands at its tips. Aside from that, they have large ears to be able to “see” where they’re going through sound. They also have a pug-like face due to the placement of the nose and eyes. Most of them are colored brown, black, tan, or gray in order to blend in better with their surroundings with a few bright spots on their bodies’ fur.
Let’s take a look at some of the bat species common in America!