First Grade goes "Batty"

POSTED 11/21/2017

First Grade goes "Batty"

How do bats help us? Where do they live?  Can they hurt us?  These were some of the questions that first graders in Mrs. Heroth's, Mrs. Mang's and Mrs. VanValkenburgh's classrooms asked at the beginning of their Bat STEM unit.  The students learned the importance of bats in relation to the mosquito population through a fun game called "Bats to the rescue" where they were the bats eating mosquitoes.  Reading poems, books, measuring pictures and researching different species of bats helped answer many questions.  Students were also able to make a sculpture of a bat and then paint them.  Mrs. VanValkenburgh's STEM groups were also faced with the problem to create a tree that stands on it own and allow as many bats to roost as possible.   Using a plan, the students created paper trees.  Then investigated "balance" to see how many bats would roost before the tree fell over.


Echolocation was the "buzz word" in all first grade classes at the end of the unit!  The students found out what is was like to move like a bat without bumping into objects.




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