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The sun dims. The moon brightens. Who’s asleep? And who’s awake? Owls, bats, and racoons come to life at night with a host of other animals. Learn more about them with this Nocturnal Animals Lapbook.
Nocturnal Animals Lesson Plans
Here are some sample lessons from the Nocturnal Animals Lapbook:
Nocturnal, Diurnal, and Crepuscular: Understanding the Difference
Different animals are awake at different parts of the day. Here are a few basic distinctions:
- Nocturnal: awake and active during the night; examples include raccoon, skunk, and red fox
- Diurnal: awake and active at day; examples include chipmunk, butterflies
- Crepuscular: active at dawn and dusk; examples include Kodiak Bear, snow leopard, mule deer
Advantages to the Nightlife
Can your student think of any reasons why animals would want to sleep through the day and come out at night?
Here are three basic advantages to being a night owl.
1. Some animals would get too hot or dry out in the daytime. Night is cooler.
2. It’s easier to find a food source at night because there isn’t as much competition.
3. It’s also easier to hide at night (from predators). Many nocturnal animals are black or grey, and they are camouflaged at night.
Nocturnal Animals: Senses
Nocturnal animals must have special senses in order to find their way, hunt their food, and flee predators.
Smell: Generally speaking, night animals have a better sense of smell than day animals. Smells linger in the air for longer at night since the air is more still. Animals use their nose to track the scents and find dinner.
Touch: Many animals use this sense to help them “see” in the night. While fishing in the river, a raccoon is dependent on its sense of touch rather than sight to reach in the water and find fish to eat. Whiskers also help animals find their way. Whiskers are sensitive like a human’s fingertips; cats can stick their whiskers out front to help them feel their way around in the dark.
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Nocturnal Animals Lapbook Printables
In addition to the research lessons, the file includes these mini-books for your student to create a Nocturnal Animals Lapbook:
- Owl Facts Accordion
- Owl Diet Matchbook
- Book Log Fan
- New Owl Words
- Owl Pellet Observations Simple Fold Book
- Night Life Advantages Tri-fold Book
- Whiskers Simple Fold Book
- Baby Bats Mini-book
- Who’s Who? (diurnal, nocturnal, and crepuscular) Flap Book
- Super Sharp Senses Envelope Fold Book
- There’s No Place Like Home Accordion Book
- Life Cycle of the Barn Own Tab Book
- Night Flyers Layer Book
- New Bat Words Mini-book
- Stunning Hunters Shutterflap Book
- What Owls Do (Day vs. Night) Flap Book
- Bat Facts File Folder
- Echolocation Mini-book
Nocturnal Animals Book List
The file includes information about nocturnal animals, but it’s a good idea to read some books together, too. Here are our suggestions:
- Where Are the Night Animals? by Mary Ann Fraser
- Explore My World: Nighttime by Jill Esbaum
- Owl Moon by Jane Yolen
- Owls by Gail Gibbons
- Bats by Gail Gibbons
- Bat Loves the Night by Nichola Davies
- Stellaluna by Janell Cannon
- Zipping, Zapping, Zooming Bats by Ann Earle
How to Get Started with Your Nocturnal Animals Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the lapbook.
- If you want, go to your local library and check out books about nocturnal animals: bats, owls, moles, flying squirrels, hedgehogs, badgers, etc.
- Print the Nocturnal Animals Lapbook.
- Choose and prepare the mini-books you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of reading and learning all about nocturnal animals.
Here is a sample lapbook made with two file folders. If you need help making a lapbook, you can find more information here: How to Make a Lapbook.
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