Camouflage Teacher Resources
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I spy (Camouflaged Animals in Art!)
Young scholars create a picture of a camouflaged animal in its habitat. In this visual arts instructional activity, students look at Hans Hoffmann's painting A Hare in the Forest and discuss the animal's camouflage. They research their own animal to create a picture and write a narrative about that animal in its habitat.
I Spy (Camouflaged Animals in Art!)
Make connections about animal characteristics and the animal's environment. In this animal characteristics lesson, young scholars use a piece of art as a springboard for a discussion about animals and camouflage. Students choose an animal that uses camouflage to research, draw, and write about.
Hidden Animals in a World of Camouflage
Students choose an animal and study how it camouflages itself to hide from its predators. They create a puppet of their animal camouflaged in its environment. They help sustain attention and establish the relevancy of the content.
Explore: 2nd Grade Camouflage
Second graders discuss camouflaging in animals. They create camouflaged animal artwork out of various craft and art supplies and then see how well the creation blends into an outdoor area.
Camouflage - Do Animals Play Hide and Seek?
Students explore the concept of camouflage. For this animal adaptations lesson, students read Where Did Bunny Go? and participate in an activity that requires them to sort images of animals that do and do not blend in with their surroundings.
Here is a lesson which incorporates ingenious hands-on activities that simulate how many animals use camouflage as a survival technique. This lesson clearly outlines how to implement the activities and discussion sessions found in it. Some terrific photographs and worksheets are embedded in this plan, which should leave your young biologists with a much greater understanding of this survival adaptation.
Where are all the Animals?
Learners view animals that camouflage at the Shedd aquarium website. In this camouflage lesson, students recognize that there are different types of camouflage, cryptic coloring, counter-shading, warning coloration and mimicry. Learners complete a worksheet on the animals they've seen on the website and field trip.
The Amazing Octopus
Students design imaginary animals that are able to blend into their backgrounds. In this biology lesson plan, students will learn the importance of camouflage in protecting animals from predators. Students will select a peer to act as predator, whose job is to find camouflaged animals hiding against various backgrounds. This lesson includes two extensions, a rubric, suggested readings, and useful web links.
Students explore how a foreground and background is used in painting. In this visual arts lesson, students view the painting "Enemy's Country" and identify the camouflage in the scene. As an extension activity, students use fruit and try to disguise their fruit as an animal.
Animals, Animals, Everywhere
Fourth graders participate in a variety of activities dealing with animal characteristics and classifications in this multi-task lesson. They use graphic organizers, make booklets, and make models.
Animals In Winter
Young scholars read story Animals in Winter, and explore similarities and differences in how humans and other animals prepare for survival in winter. Students create class book that compares and illustrates different ways humans and animals prepare for winter.
Lesson Plan: Becoming an Animal
The Kwakwaka'wakw are indigenous people from Vancouver Island and British Columbia. The class analyzes a Kwakwak'wakw ceremonial mask, how it was used, and its cultural significance. They then create animal masks representing their favorite animals. Art, culture, and creation!
It's not just a lesson about animal adaptations; it's also a lesson about shadows! Young investigators discuss how animals can use shadowy shades and camouflage to hide from predators or stalk their prey. They watch as their teacher makes shadow puppet animals with her hands; this leads to a discussion on how light and shadows work. The lesson culminates in a writing activity, where learners compose a paragraph describing the nature of light, shadow, and camouflage.
La science magique du cameleon
Students engage in a lesson that is focused on the camouflage techniques used by animals. They create a PowerPoint presentation that illustrates the use of colors and how it relates to the physical environment. Students make cognitive connections between art and nature while creating a class project.
Insect Food Chain & Camouflage
Students use art work to demonstrate their understanding of the insect food chain and their ability to camouflage themselves. For this insect food chain and camouflage lesson, students determine what type of animals feed on insects. They make a water-color picture that will be used with the cut-outs to show how an insect can be camouflaged in their surroundings.
Animal adaptations, such as camouflage, are high-interest topics that are easily integrated into both reading and math curriculum.
Camouflage and Protective Coloration: A Model of Natural Selection
Students study protective coloration and camouflage in animals. They create examples of each and conduct simulation-type experiments to determine which is the most effective adaptation.
Students investigate insect camouflage and mimicry. In this animal science lesson, students discuss how camouflage helps an insect survive. Additionally, students use the included template to color and cut illustrations of insects. Students place their cut-out's in an environment that provides camouflage for the insect. Students try to find each other's insects.
Sibling Relationships in the Animal World
Young scholars research sibling relationships in the animal world. In this animal science lesson, students read the book, Sisters and Brothers: Sibling Relationships in the Animal World and discuss the sibling relationships. Young scholars choose an animal from the book to answer further questions about the animal and their family lives.
Animal Colors and Shapes
Students investigate the natural characteristics of animals by completing a coloring activity. In this animal properties lesson, students investigate the reasons different animals have specific colors, and how it is essential for their survival. Students examine images of the animals using a computer and color them.