NATIONAL DAY CALENDAR CLASSROOM | WEEK 34 | April 14, 2019
National Day Calendar gets excited when we can celebrate animals. This week, National Bat Appreciation Day makes its appearance in the classroom. We have several opportunities for learning about bats and how they improve our world. Get the students started with a word search puzzle dedicated to these fascinating creatures and a crazy maze!
Don’t forget to explore the trivia and puzzle page, too!
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LESSON 1 National Bat Appreciation Day
Read about bats on the National Day Calendar website and then learn even more by viewing this video from Free School.
LESSON 2 National Bat Appreciation Day
The link below includes an echolocation lesson and a vocabulary worksheet.
Did you know:
- bats are pollinators like bees and butterflies, so they are essential to our food source.
- nearly 70 percent of bats are insectivores? Some bats can eat up to 1,000 mosquitoes in an hour which means they help to rid many annoying insects.
- that while bats can see at night, they find their food through echolocation. They emit a sound that echos helping them determine the distance and location of their prey and other objects.
- some bats hibernate, others migrate to warmer climates, and some do both! Bats that hibernate will sleep for varying lengths of time to conserve energy for the winter and those who migrate, will move to warmer climates and better food sources.
- bats are warm-blooded and are covered in fur, so they are mammals. They are the only mammals capable of sustained flight.