Teacher’s Questions for An Enemy in the Cave
- Have you ever seen a bat? Was it in a zoo or in a cave, or somewhere else?
- Imagine aliens have landed on Earth. They’ve never heard of or seen a bat. How would you describe bats to aliens?
- Where do bats live?
- When and where did people first start noticing white-nose syndrome in bats in America?
- What kinds of things did people find or see that made them think something was wrong with bat colonies?
- Is white-nose syndrome spreading, or is it under control?
- How many bat species are there in America? How many of those species have been hit with white-nose syndrome?
- How many bats have died from white-nose syndrome in America, according to scientists’ estimates?
- Name the kind of organism that causes white-nose syndrome.
- Name a few symptoms of white-nose syndrome.
- Where do scientists think the fungus that causes white-nose syndrome came from?
- Name a few ways in which scientists are working to stop the spread and death toll of white-nose syndrome.
- What makes hibernating bats vulnerable to white-nose syndrome?
- White-nose syndrome has been found only in hibernating bats. Do you think this disease indirectly affects other living things? If so, how? (Hint: Think about what bats eat.)
- When you’re playing outside, do you ever think about how your playing might affect other living things? Give a few examples of how outdoor recreational activities can impact other organisms.
- What are some actions that people can take to limit the impact they have on animals and plants while playing outdoors?