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How Bats Find Their Way


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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