Exploring Animal Camouflage

Uncover the hidden mysteries of the animal kingdom with an elementary science lesson on camouflage. After spending time outside investigating animals in their natural habitats, the class creates a terrarium in order to observe the characteristics and behavior of earthworms. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Supplement this lesson into a life science series on animal characteristics
  • Any of a number of different animals can be kept in the class terrarium including insects and frogs, which may be more engaging than earthworms
  • Extend learning about camouflage by having students create their own disguises that conceal them while in the classroom, on the playground, or in some other environment
Classroom Considerations

  • This lesson involves taking students outside to observe animals, which can be done on school grounds or at a local park or public space
  • A class terrarium is created during the lesson, requiring materials that may need to be purchased or borrowed from a parent or other teacher
Pros

  • Suggests additional activities that extend learning about camouflage and earthworms 
  • Offers a list of additional children's literature that can be used to teach about camouflage and earthworms
  • Provides questions for guiding class discussions about camouflage
Cons

  • None