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See With Your Ears!


See With Your Ears!

How are dolphins and bats alike? They can both see with their ears! That means they both use sound waves to navigate and find food. See With Your Ears! Dolphin and Bat Echolocation introduces children to the fascinating process of echolocation and the special anatomical features dolphins and bats have to accomplish it. Does your child love to build or construct models? See With Your Ears demonstrates some of the amazing ways animals’ bodies have specific anatomy for specific functions.

Mini-course is provided as a 40-page PDF, with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges

Prefer a printed mini-course? See With Your Ears! Dolphin and Bat Echolocation is also available as a beautiful workbook here on

 Course Contents

  • Story: Dolphin and Bat School. Learn to Echolocate! In this fun, illustrated story, children are introduced to the concept of sound waves as well as special adaptations dolphins and bats have to detect them.
  • Activity 1: How do you hear? Cement your knowledge of the anatomical features involved in echolocation with an art project in which you create your own bat ears or dolphin snout (materials provided in the mini-course.)
  • Activity 2: Echolocation Elements Game. In this board game, children collect all the important elements of echolocation to complete their echolocation bingo card. Which card will you complete first—dolphin or bat?
  • Activity 3: Name that sound. Children get to experience echolocation through a movement-based game in which children must themselves try to echolocate. Use the included Experimental Journal to record your results!
  • Curiosity Connector. Look into these online resources to learn more about dolphins and bats and how they use echolocation to survive.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit. Try to answer all the questions about dolphins, bats, and echolocation to earn Tools for your Science Tool Kit.
  • Glossary. Learn new terms to understand anatomy and sound waves.

Concepts and Ideas

See With Your Ears! Dolphin and Bat Echolocation includes the following Disciplinary Core Ideas as described in the Next Generation Science Standards: 

Structure and Function (LS1.A), Information Processing (LS1.D), Wave Properties (PS4.A).

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF.  Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Charlie Alolkoy.



See With Your Ears!

Kira Freed

About Kira Freed

Kira Freed, M.A., is a children's writer and former archaeozoologist who discovered a mistake about dinosaurs in the World Book Encyclopedia when she was seven. She grew up in rural Ohio and learned from a young age to find comfort and inspiration in nature. Kira has written more than one hundred books for educational publishers, many about animals. She likes to encourage readers to try on the perspectives of different kinds of animals and hopes to motivate readers to help our planet achieve a better balance between human needs and the needs of other life forms. Kira lives in Arizona and enjoys traveling, seeing wildlife, making art, and taking long walks in nature.

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