Lesson Plan

The Camouflage Trail

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Grade Level:
Kindergarten-Second Grade
Subject:
Ecology
Duration:
15 minutes
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
outdoors
National/State Standards:
Science: K 2.1; 1st grade 2.2; 2nd grade 2.2

Overview

Students will gain an understanding of the concept of camouflage and adaptation.

Objective(s)

Students will gain an understanding of the concept of camouflage and adaptation.

Background

Skin and fur coloration for animals that live at Great Sand Dunes is an essential component for survival.

This activity may be done in conjunction with You Can't See Me.

Explore Great Sand Dunes' web pages on animals (mammals, reptiles, amphibians, birds, fish, and insects) for more on camouflage.

Materials

Ten to fifteen manmade objects

Procedure

Assessment

  1. Did the things everyone saw have anything in common? What?
  2. Did the things fewer people saw have anything in common? What? 

Extensions

In the classroom, have students create their own small animals as an art project using clay, pipe cleaners, or other materials. Have the class 'hide' their animals in plain sight (not inside a desk, etc.). Invite another class into your room to find the animals. Were any not found? What was unique about those? You can also do this with a single class, half at a time.

The Camouflage Trail and You Can't See Me may be performed at Great Sand Dunes or another natural area.

Vocabulary

adapt, camouflage, environment