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Spring 2015Gibbons, G. (1999) Bats. Holiday House: New York
This book can be used for grade level 4 and up. The description of bats, the different species, their physical characteristics, protection laws, and behavior and habits are all the topics used in this book. The layout of the book was appropriate and the information was descriptive and very useful. The illustrations are fantastic when it comes to the anatomy of a bat because of the detailed description of location of bones and body parts. Also, each bat shown in the illustration has a title of the bat the reader is viewing. This book can easily make a good choice to read to a class after having a discussion on bats or endangered species.
The content provided in this book describes bats, the way they live, their characteristics, their anatomy, how they use echolocation, and how they aren’t just scary little vampires like all the scary stories tell. The illustrations really help the reader interact with the book because the content being read is also being described in the illustration with lots of colors. Bats were described as mammals and the reader is given some history of the bats (pg. 4-5). This is along with a title of each bat on the illustration and some anatomy of the wings in comparison to birds or insects and the membrane to which helps them fly (pg. 5-7). One of the most interesting parts of this book was the echolocation (pg. 14-15). Since echolocation is a major influence on these nocturnal animals, it would be interesting for students to do an activity based on this cool sense. The activity that could be used for echolocation is to set up the desks in a type of maze, shut off the lights, put a blindfold on the student, and have them work their way through the maze using echolocation.
Teaching with this book:
Life Science Standards (Wyoming, 2008)
S.C.4.1.1: Characteristics of Organisms: Students describe observable characteristics of living things, including structures that serve specific functions and everyday behaviors.
Common Core Reading Standards (4th Grade, Informational Text)
CCSS.ELAČLITERACY.RI.4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. g structures that serve specific functions and everyday behaviors.
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