Dictionary skills: long-tongued bat

1 - Learning Objective

Learning Objective

We are learning how to use the first two or three letters of a word to check its meaning and spelling in a dictionary.

Context: long-tongued bat


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Credit: BBC Two - Natural World

Clip Description

Long-tongued bats can be found in many different countries, including Mexico and Jamaica. They are named after their extraordinarily long tongues. Some species have tongues that can extend as long as 8.5cm (or one and a half times their body length!).

In this fascinating clip, we see a long-tongued bat feeding on the sweet, sticky nectar that can be found deep inside a hibiscus flower. We watch it go about its night time antics in order to satisfy its sweet tooth. Do you think it is easy for the long tongued bat to slurp up the nectar? What do you think will happen when the pollen comes off the bat’s fur? Watch the clip to find out.

Discuss the meaning of each word highlighted in bold.

Word Challenge

Can you write a list of adjectives to describe what the flower looks like from the video?

e.g. exotic, fragrant, elegant, …