Flying Mammals | Science Research and Report Activity


In the Science field of Zoology there is a group of mammals that are considered ‘flying’ mammals. This resource has been designed to be used as both a guide to student research as well as the end reporting tool.

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Flying Mammals – Bats are the only ‘true’ flying mammal but there are some mammals that ‘glide’ so you can include those as well if you wish. Aerial locomotion can be divided into two categories—powered and unpowered, which is the real difference in actual flying and gliding.

How will this product ‘guide’ student research?

First, students are asked to identify the specific species they will study. Next, students will be asked to answer several questions which will guide them throughout the process. Sample questions (these are not the only questions):

  • What physical features allow the species to fly?
  • Where does it sleep?
  • Is the species diurnal or nocturnal?
  • What defensive methods does your animal use to protect itself?

Students will also be asked to give the full classification of their selected species, to draw a picture of it and to indicate on a world map where it resides.

The last page of the three page resource requires students to list the resources they used to complete their assignment.


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