Lesson Plan

Find My Critter

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Grade Level:
Second Grade-Fifth Grade
Subject:
Art, Biology: Animals, Biology: Plants, Design, Ecology
Duration:
1 hour
Group Size:
Up to 36
Setting:
indoors or outdoors
National/State Standards:
Colorado Science:
2nd grade 1.2
4th grade 2.1
5th grade 2.1

Colorado Visual Arts:
2nd grade 3.1
3rd grade 3.1
4th grade 3.2
5th grade 3.3

Overview

Students will be able to understand the importance of coloration in the ways animals are adapted.

Objective(s)

Students will be able to understand the importance of coloration in the ways animals are adapted.

Background

This activity is best performed as a follow-up to Insect Design. Review aspects of the general external morphology of an insect as learned in the previous activity.

Explore Great Sand Dunes' web page on Insects for more on the unique endemic species of the park.

 

Materials

Small sticks, twigs, leaves, dirt, rocks, glue, masking tape, markers

Only collect natural materials from the ground. Please do not take materials from living things.

Procedure

Assessment

Discuss why some insects were easier to spot than others. For those insects that were spotted easily, bring up the topic of adverse coloration-colors that attract attention. Explain that some organisms are colored for visibility and that adverse colorations tell predators that they would be an untasty or even poisonous meal. Can you think of any insects that have adverse coloration?

Vocabulary

camouflage, habitat, species