Bats – Preschool Lesson Plan

Begin your lesson by reading one or more of the following books, then continue with a group discussion.

Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats by Ann Earle
Bats – Creatures of the Night by Joyce Milton
Bat Loves the Night: Read and Wonder by Nicola Davies

Why we need bats? A single bat can eat 1,200 insects per hour. Bats that don’t eat insects help distribute fruit seeds and pollen. Scientists say over 95 percent of the rain forest regrowth can be contributed to bats.

• Difference between a bird and a bat – Bats are mammals. They have live babies. Bats don’t lay eggs. Birds have feathers. Bats have a thin layer of skin called a membrane. Birds sleep at night. Bats sleep during the day.
• Life-cycle of a bat – pup (baby), adult – baby bats stay with the mother for one year.
• Where do bats live? – On every continent except Antarctica.
• What do bats eat? – 70 percent of bats eat insects. Some species eat fruit, nectar, meat, fish and animal blood.

Chart of Bat Facts
There are almost 1,000 species in the world. Forty live in the U.S. and Canada.
Bats are the world’s only true flying mammal (flying squirrels don’t fly, they glide).
Some bats are brown, but others are gray, yellow or red.
Bats are not blind, but use echolocation to find food at night.
Bat babies are called pups. A mother bat has only one or two babies each year.
They live in family groups called colonies.
Bats are not rodents.
Half the bats species in the U.S. are threatened or endangered.

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