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Hide in Plain Sight
Camouflage: How Animals Blend into Their
Surroundings


Thomas Beard Trocco
OverviewProcedure for teachersStudent Resources and Materials
Grade Level
 2-3
Time Alloment
 Two 30-minute sessions

Overview

Students will view video clips and use the Internet to look for hidden animals. They will then use the Internet to print out animal shapes and color them. They will then create environments on construction paper in which their animals can hide.


Learning Activities

Students will be able to:
  • Use the Internet to find camouflaged animals
  • Use the Internet interactively to place animals in their correct habitat
  • Design an environmental background in which their animal can hide
  • Test the effectiveness of their camouflaged animals

Standards

National Science Education Standards, K-4

http://www.nap.edu/readingroom/books/nses/html/6c.html

Standard A
Develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry; understandings about scientific inquiry.

Standard C
Develop an understanding of the characteristics of organisms, life cycles of organisms, and organisms and environments.

National Educational Technology Standards for Students
http://cnets.iste.org/index2.html

Standard 5. Technology research tools
Students use technology to locate, evaluate, and collect information from a variety of sources; students use technology tools to process data and report results.


Media Components

Video:

Science for You: Animal Adaptations – Why Do Zebras Have Stripes?

Web sites:

Enchanted Learning: Camouflaged Animals Coloring Book
http://www.enchantedlearning.com/coloring/camouflage.shtml
This site contains over 50 camouflaged animals to read about and color.

The Wild Ones Animal Index: Insect Camouflage and Mimicry
http://www.thewildones.org/Animals/camo.html
This site presents photos of four katydids camouflaged in four different environmental backgrounds.

University of Richmond Education Department: If You Can't Run You've Got to Hide!

http://oncampus.richmond.edu/academics/as/
education/projects/webunits/adaptations/camou1.html
This site discusses camouflage with photo examples.

Harcourt Publishers: Camouflage Field Book
http://www.harcourtschool.com/activity/camouflage/camouflage.html
This is an interactive site. You choose an environment then click on the animals that can hide there to watch them disappear.

Find the Critters
http://www.longhorn-cattle.com/camo.html
This site presents photos in which you search for camouflaged animals. As you click through, circles appear to show you where the animals are hidden.

Plug-Ins

Shockwave

http://sdc.shockwave.com/shockwave/download/frameset.fhtml
This is the plug-in needed for the Harcourt site.


Materials


Per class:

  • Animal pictures that can be cut out by students if you can't print the animal outlines from the Enchanted Learning Web site
  • An assortment of materials to glue on the construction paper: fabric, felt, pipe cleaners, sand, etc.
Per student:
  • 1 piece of construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Colored markers and/or crayons
  • Wooden craft stick
  • Camouflage Chart
  • 1 print out from Enchanted Learning: Camouflaged Animals Coloring Book