Animals in Disguiseby: Mary C. Burke

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When playing outside during recess, a group of first-grade students noticed a lizard in the grass. They observed it for a while but it was very hard to see. This experience led the author to conduct a series of activities to teach her students the importance of camouflage for survival of some animals. They soon realized how important it is for an animal to blend into its surroundings and how camouflage increases an animal's chance of escaping detection by a predator. This article describes the hands-on and inquiry-based activities that delighted students while learning about the marvels of camouflage.

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  • on Sun Nov 25, 2018 5:57 PM

I loved this lesson plan and resource as well! It was really informative and very detail oriented when in came to explaining what the students did in their groups. I also thought the final goal of how the children knew how some animals were born with these abilities and what camouflage was and could apply it to situations was very good! The only thing I did not like was that there were no differentiation for students who may not be able to do this and how the final assessment was just writing. I think maybe adding some options to draw or color would be very helpful and maybe working together to make their own animal maybe!

Victoria W
Victoria W

  • on Mon Feb 12, 2018 11:57 PM

I really loved this lesson plan. I would most certainly use this in my future classroom. I loved how the lesson starts out with a basic understanding of how camouflage works, and then slowly transfers into how animals use it to survive in the wild. The activities that were used in this lesson plan were extremely thorough, and helped explain camouflage so well. The only issue I had was with the responses required by the students. Studnets have different writing levels, and there was no accomodations for those who aren't quite as skilled in writing as the other students. Overall, I thought this lesson plan was great, and I would use this in my future classroom.

Sydnee Carroll
Sydnee Carroll

  • on Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:53 PM

I am currently a student teacher in a first grade classroom. My first major project is to design a science-learning segment on animal defenses. I searched NSTA for a good resource to find ideas on how to teach camouflage to a first grader. This article could not have been more perfect. It gave many examples of activities on how to teach this idea as well as detailed explanations of what the students responses were to the activities. Burke also included a title of a book she used and I could not help but purchase it for my students. The only idea that was not helpful for me was how she had her students write responses to some of her questions. My first graders are not very good at writing their ideas down so I am going to have to figure out another way for my students to tell/show me what they learned. Overall this article was extremely helpful because it gave me wonderful ideas to start creating my lessons for my students.

Kelsi W
Kelsi W

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