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Bat mothers find their babies, called pups, by recognizing the pups' cries and by how they smell. This game will help teach the idea that bats have superior hearing.

  • Before the activity, make duplicate stacks of word cards. Each set should include these "sound words" -- hiss, hum, peep, squawk, buzz, cluck, caw, yip, coo, and tweet -- and others.
  • Arrange students into two groups: bat mothers and bat pups.
  • Have each mother choose a word-sound card from one stack and each pup choose a word-sound card from the other stack. Be sure students don't tell one another their sounds.
  • Ask "mothers" to wait in the hall while the pups practice making their sounds.
  • When pups are set to make their sounds, invite mothers to return to find their own pups based on the sounds pups are making. When a mother and pup pair up, students will compare cards to confirm their match.
  • Let groups change roles and play again.


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05/18/2009

 

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