This is a hands-on, interactive lesson that allows students to learn about how bats use echolocation to find their prey. They have the opportunity to learn about echolocation in multiple ways, including a reading passage, role playing with their classmates, and then talking about it, writing about it and/or drawing what they have learned. Students simulate how the bat uses sound vibrations in the dark of night to find food and avoid obstacles like trees. They are able to contrast this with how we as humans use our eyes to see our surroundings and dispel the myth that bats are blind. In the early grades in science, it is important to understand how different animals obtain food for survival. The use of echolocation is a unique way that some species hunt prey.
Big idea: A key concept in science is how plants and animals obtain food for survival. Bats, and some other animals who need to find food in dark environments, use echolocation.
What’s Included in This Product
-“Blind As A Bat?” reading passage (as student page or PowerPoint)
-Reading comprehension questions on two different levels (student page/PowerPoint)
-Printable signs for role play
-Student assessment page
This activity can be purchased as part of a bundle at a discounted price through the link below.
Halloween Science Activity Bundle
This bundle includes these other Halloween science activities:
Force and Motion of Gliding Ghosts Investigation
Our Not-So-Scary Skeleton Activity
Sweet Science: A Candy Investigation
Core Disciplinary Ideas
• LS1.C: Organization for Matter and Energy Flow in Organism; All animals need food in order to live and grow. They obtain their food from plants or from other animals. Plants need water and light to live and grow.
Crosscutting Concepts: Cause and Effect, Systems and System Models
Scientific and Engineering Practices: Developing and using models, constructing explanations (for science), obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.1, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.2, CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3
Science Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
K.9B – TSIET examine evidence that living organisms have basic needs such as food, water, and shelter for animals and air, water, nutrients, sunlight, and space for plants.
2.9B – TSIET identify factors in the environment, including temperature and precipitation, that affect growth and behavior such as migration, hibernation, and dormancy of living things;
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