This lead beautifully into a study of bats. The entire class was introduced to the Parts of the Bat as well as different types of bats. Years ago, we found wonderful close-up pictures of different types of bats in a magazine and made a picture matching activity out of them. The children learned about bats such as hoary, fruit and the ever popular vampire bat. Some of the older children made booklets about the different types of bats. It was wonderful to see the interest of the youngest children. They would look at each picture card very intently and come over to a teacher to tell us the name of the bat they were looking at.
There is a certain mystery surrounding bats. Although they live amongst us, they are active when we are asleep. We are diurnal and they are nocturnal. Now that the days are getting shorter and the nights are getting longer, we also began a study of nocturnal and dirurnal animals. Here is a sorting activity we have in the classroom.