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Comparing Bats and Birds

  • Subject: Science
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Age Level: Grades 3-5
  • Location: Classroom
  • Key Vocabulary: Compare, contrast

OBJECTIVES: Students will compare and contrast bats and birds.

BACKGROUND: The bat is the only mammal that can truly fly. Birds fly, but they are in a separate scientific classification. Since these two animals share the characteristic of flight, are they the same in other ways?

MATERIALS: Copies of "Comparing Bats and Birds" Chart; pens or pencils

PROCEDURE:

1. Make copies of the worksheet on the following page, then have students fill in the worksheet with what they believe are the characteristics of bats, birds, or both.

2. Lead a class discussion comparing and contrasting the two animals, possibly making a classroom "master" chart.



COMPARING BATS & BIRDS

Bats and Birds worksheet
 

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