Author: Angela Picco
Area: Life Sciences
Grade Level: 5-8
This lesson plan is designed to introduce students to a mysterious mammal, and to use this mammal as a model for understanding form and function and biodiversity. Inquiry-based teaching methods will be employed in this lesson plan, encouraging student participation and insight.
This lesson is taught after a lesson on Animal Diversity in which students learned about general features and similarities and differences in form and function among arthropods, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds, and mammals.
Teachers should be familiar with the basics of bat form and function (e.g. bone structure, eating tactics, diet, physical features). Some important vocabulary words include echolocation, nocturnal, herbivore, and carnivore. For background information and diagrams, please refer to references at the end of the lesson.
Students are given Bat Questionnaire so that teacher can address misconceptions about bats and engage students by addressing questions that interest them.
Bats, Animal Diversity, form and function, mammals, echolocation, food web
Content Standard A: Science as Inquiry
Content Standard C: Life Science
Content Standard E: Science and Technology
Content Standard F: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Content Standard G: History and Nature of Science
|Lesson Plan (pdf / doc)|
|Pre Lesson Handout (pdf / doc)|
|Example Questions (pdf / doc)|
|Echolocation Handout (pdf / doc)|
|Sample Questions Sheet (pdf / doc)|