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Bats and the
Food Chain

Talk briefly about the balance of nature and its importance in the survival of plants and animals. Explain that bats are an important part of nature's food chain. To illustrate this concept, give each child four paper plates. Invite them to draw a flower on one plate, a moth on another, a bat on the third plate, and an owl on the last one.

If you prefer to provide images for students to color, cut out, and paste on their plates, you might check out the links in the Resources section at the bottom of this activity.

Use strips of construction paper and a stapler or paper fasteners to connect the plates in a "chain" that illustrates how one species requires another to survive.

  • Moths live on nectar from flowers.
  • Bats eat insects, including moths.
  • Owls eat furry mammals, including bats.

Talk about other examples of the food chain in nature. Ask What might happen if bats were to become extinct? (Students might share that owls would lose one of their main sources of food, which might lead them on the path to extinction.)

Students might color these images and mount them to their paper plates:

Extend the Lesson
You've Gotta Eat to Live
More ideas, including finger puppets students might use to act out this food chain.



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Sue LaBella, Education World's former early childhood editor, is a former teacher who loves writing activities and poems for young children. She lives in Connecticut with her family and her bulldog named Daisy.

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