This is a continuing series of harvest themed lesson plans designed for the kindergarten classroom. This particular portion is a detailed Bat Unit for Kindergarten. Children will learn basic facts on bats as well as play creative math and language skills games and art projects
In this portion of the harvest series, your kindergarten class will go "batty" with the bat facts and projects that is in store for the week. For today's lesson plan, you will need:
- Colored pictures and facts of bats and caves (books containing this information can be found in your local library)
- Paper plate (one for each child)
Circle Time Discussion
Explain to children that bats live in caves. Show pictures of caves.
There are different types of bats who live in different areas and in different conditions.
Explain to the children that bats are nocturnal-which means they sleep during the day and are awake at night.
Use the paper plate and black construction paper (instruct each child to trace their hand prints on the black paper) for the project.
Children should color the paper plate black using a crayon or washable black paint.
Fold the paper plate in half, opening should be at the bottom.
Attach hand prints to the bat as wings.
Adhere wiggle eyes and draw a mouth.
Cut out two little triangles from the black construction paper to make bat ears.
Place bats in the paper sack. Tell children to pretend that the sack is the bat's cave.
Instruct the children to roll the dice. Children should reach into the "cave" and pull out the correct number of bats.
Review the facts learned about nocturnal animals during circle time.
Discuss other animals that are nocturnal. Ask the children to imagine if they were nocturnal...how would everyday life be different? Record their answers on to a chart or chalkboard.
Other nocturnal animals are: opossums, raccoons, owls, armadillos, coyote
Sing and act out this song:
This Old Bat
(To the tune of "This Old Man")
This old bat, slept all day (children should rest head on folded hands as if sleeping)
Night time's when he comes out to play (children should stretch as if waking up)
With a flap, flap, flap (children should flap arms as if flying)
And a snap, snap, CLAP! (children should snap fingers, then clap loud)
This old bat is a friendly chap! (children should shake hands with one another)