Overview: Inquiry-based learning is a great way to teach science and the scientific method! By taking an active role in collecting data students will stay engaged in their lessons. The purpose of this activity is to utilize the Inquiry method by observing animal behavior, specifically bats, to draw conclusions based on their observations. Building hypotheses is an important part of the Scientific method and will be practiced here. Students will watch and record behaviors from a video demonstrating bat food preference. The first time with their teacher, again on their own, and a third time with an OBC educator when they bring live bats to the classroom. This video will be used to help the students practice inquiry-based science investigation, build science literacy, and begin to discover what a scientist does when conducting their investigations. Studying animal behavior helps in the conservation of many species.
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