Science Shorts: Making a Case for Camouflageby: Craig Leager

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What child doesn’t enjoy a good game of hide-and-seek? There is the challenge of finding the perfect hiding spot and, of course, the allure of the hunt. Though children get great pleasure from the game, many members of the animal kingdom are the real masters of this life or death condition—by necessity. Camouflage is one of the amazing adaptations used by some animals to increase their chances of survival. This lesson engages students to improve their understanding of camouflage.

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  • on Sun Oct 26, 2014 5:00 PM

This article discusses a great, fun way to demonstrate camouflage and the advantage it gives to animals. Dying 200 toothpicks four different colors and "hiding" them in the school yard is a great way to engage students' wonder and get them outside. I recommend this article to anyone in the elementary school teaching their animal adaptation unit.

Beth Eisentraut  (Ellicott City, MD)
Beth Eisentraut (Ellicott City, MD)

  • on Tue Oct 29, 2013 10:54 PM

Nice short activity that a teacher can easily integrate into their classroom. The activities are "classic" in that they are tried and true with defined outcomes.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

  • on Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:48 AM

This great article discussed camouflage in animals and gives two detailed activities to do with students to help them experience camouflage. The activities are written in easy to follow directions. This would be an excellent activity for any elementary grade.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Apr 20, 2012 10:48 AM

The activity described in this article is a kinesthetic approach to understanding camouflage. Four different colored toothpicks are distributed in an area of grass and students are given a specific time period to attempt collect as many as they can. The results are analyzed and discussed. The second activity is an ideal way to assess understanding of the concept and a good extension to the first one.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

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