Reflection: Real World Applications Who Is the Little Brown Bat, Anyway? - Section 1: Background for Teacher


I have heard so many teachers express fear or uncertainty about building project-based units that span the full curriculum. It may seem like a huge undertaking, but in reality, it makes the day and planning so much easier for the teacher.  It also turns a boring day of curriculum into a day filled with purpose, real-world learning, and excitement among the students. 

Every lesson in this unit of study, all leading to the building and hanging of 8 bat houses, includes reading, informational and persuasive writing, speaking and listening, researching, engineering, life and physical science, math, and group work standards. Nothing is left unturned. 

Everything the students do during these types of units is based on a need to know. There is a reason to find out about a bat's habitat, other than pure curiosity.  They need to know how to find area in order to figure out the amount of paint for the roof of the house. They need to know how to persuade a person to hang the house and how to write an installation guide. They need to know what is hurting the brown bats and how to track it over time in order to determine a way to help. 

They need to know.  When they need to know, they want to know. And when they want to know…they will do whatever it takes to know and understand. 

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Who Is the Little Brown Bat, Anyway?

Unit 10: Engineering and Design: Saving the Little Brown Bat
Lesson 1 of 6

Objective: Students will be able to brainstorm questions about the Little Brown Bat and then begin to research answers.

Big Idea: Students need to know about the bat as an animal, what it's environment was and how this environment met specific needs, so that they can design a house that meets the bat's environmental needs.

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Science, research, bats, environmental changes, notetaking, habitat, animal structures, engineering and design
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