by Megan Bittner
A unique unit study is a fun way to add some interest to the midterm slumps. In this Homeschool Living post, explore the world of bats and learn about echolocation with hands-on activities, then take an afternoon (or more!) away from the books for a breathtaking field trip.
Download this free bat unit study from Royal, Baloo, and Logi-bear Too. This short collection of activities and worksheets is designed to help young students exercise their research skills.
You can find information about the 16 species of bats found in Virginia, including their federal and state protected status, maps of the areas each type is typically found, conservation efforts, and more at the Center for Human-Wildlife Conflict Resolution website.
A schema chart is an excellent way to channel some creative energy into a project that will help chart your students’ progress as they brainstorm, challenge old ideas, and learn new facts.
Check out these books to use as supplemental reading and research material:
Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
Oscar and the Bat: A Book About Sound by Geoff Waring
Bats by Gail Gibbons
Check out How Stuff Works to explore the science of echolocation.
These hands-on echolocation activities are perfect for younger students.
This echolocation game can engage a large group of students of all ages.
Caving–or spelunking, as it is sometimes called–is an adventurous outdoor activity that can be enjoyed year-round by explorers of all ages. Check out these spelunking basics from My Kids’ Adventures to learn how to make this unique experience a safe one.
“Show caves” are an excellent way to experience the wonder and mystery of underground caverns in a controlled and guided environment.
The Virginia Cave and Karst Trail features over a dozen stops where visitors can learn about and appreciate a variety of caves and karst features. The goal of the trail is to educate people about these sensitive environments and to promote their protection.
Let this list of the most beautiful caves in America from Thrillist provide some inspiration and direction for an incredible stop on your next family road trip or vacation. Staying close to home? No worries–Luray Caverns in Luray, Virginia is featured in this list!
A bat cave diorama can be an excellent way for students to exercise some creativity and reinforce what they’ve learned throughout your unit study.