Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Fall Science: Bat and Human Compare!

Fall Science: Bat and Human Compare!
Friends~My student teacher and I are beginning to plan our lessons for next week and I can hardly contain my excitement! October is here and we are going to be learning all about BATS!!!!  I love those furry guys and I also love how engaged my students are when we study them.  

One of my favorite activities is to compare a bat wing to a human hand.  Bat wings are made up of 5 fingers just like a humans.  The difference is that the bat wing has a membrane stretched over the fingers to make the wing. 
Check out this diagram from Bats by Gail Gibbons!  
Fall Bat and Human Compare, The Schroeder Page
I start by passing out plastic sandwich bags without zip locks.  I instruct the students to place one baggie on their hand and leave one hand alone.  
I instruct the class to look closely at their bat wing and their hand.  We also move our hands and wings to help with our investigation. We have a group discussion about how they are the same and how they differ.   

Using an XRay of a human hand helps this activity
 come to life! 

Fall Bat and Human Compare!, The Schroeder Page
 Once they have compared and contrasted their bat wing and hand they fill out the sheet below. 
Even a simple venn diagram would work.  

Check out more Batty Fun in my All About Bats packet!
All About Bats interactive learning file that combines reading, writing, math, and science!

Watch a video preview by clicking HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page. . 

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