Science & Nature
Animals in World Art History: Bats! (Ages 7-12 Extended FLEX)
Learn about both the natural history and art history of bats!
year old learners
US Grade Level
learners per class
Over 4 weeks
No live meetings
Did you know bats have been flying around our planet for over 50 million years? About one out of every five mammal species is a bat -- there are over 1300 species worldwide! -- and they can be found on every continent that humans live. It should therefore be no surprise that bats have been represented in the art of cultures throughout the world for many centuries, and in a variety of ways. In this unit study, we will first learn about the natural history of bats, then take a tour through...
I'm a naturalist with a focus on zoology, and mainly teach animal science courses...but as part of my longstanding interests in both the animal kingdom AND art and culture, I began conducting independent research on how animals have been depicted in art around the world, and am now back in graduate school working on a second Masters thesis about it! :) In conjunction with my current research, I am now offering this series of short courses on different subjects in Animals in World Art History in addition to my regular zoology classes. I also have nearly two decades experience as a home education advocate, including homeschooling my own children from preschool through high school. I am a big proponent of flexible learning, individualized education, and supporting fellow neurodiverse learners, so please don't hesitate to reach out to me with requests for accommodations or additional resources. We all learn in our own way and time, but everyone should have the chance to learn about how cool animals are! 😎
There is both reading and multimedia viewing material assigned with each week's topic.
Lesson materials are provided for free via the classroom, either as downloadable printables/files or links to online resources (web pages, videos, articles, etc.).
Formal assessments will only be provided if the student or parent requests it in advance.
No live meetings, and an estimated 2 - 4 hours per week outside of class.
I teach from a zoological perspective, and as such just like in my regular science classes natural animal behaviors and bodily functions may come up in the course of discussion. I also do not censor works of art. Online resources: This class directs learners to watch curated video content on YouTube and may also direct learners to additional information on science and art websites (e.g., a zoological database or art museum collection page). No online account signups are required.
Meet the teacher
1) what kind of classes you teach I offer introductory unit studies on various topics in zoology and natural history; a special series on animals in world art history (based on my current ongoing research project!); and, because it's extra fun,...