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Baby Bat Cups (Grades 3-7; Life sciences: sensory perception, infant identification, habitats, life cycle)

Subject ScienceLife Science
Grade Level Grades 3-8
Resource Type Activity


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Mother Mexican free-tailed bats leave their babies (pups) in a cave with three million others at night while the mothers hunt. When they return to the cave at dawn, they're faced with the task of identifying their own baby in the pitch black, cold, and crowded nursery. How does mom find her pup? By their unique combination of smell and sound! This life sciences' activity helps students understand how much the senses we use are the ones necessary for survival in our particular environments. This is a companion activity for If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and their Mothers. This title is available at a discounted price for Title 1 schools on the First Book Marketplace. This book explores how 14 different mammal babies navigate the path from helpless infants to self-sufficient adults, and comes with a free downloadable Teacher’s Guide filled with activities just like this one.

While this lesson was originally designed as a classroom activity, it can easily be a fun Halloween activity for parents to complete with their children using everyday household items.

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PM Baby Bat Cups Activity.pdf

February 13, 2020
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Fatima Whitaker
October 25, 2018