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ExplorA-Pond: 2nd Grade Camouflage

Life Skills:

  • Thinking & Reasoning

Time Frame:
2 class periods that run 45 minutes each.

Group Size:



Students will create camouflaged animal artwork and then see how well the creation blends into an outdoor area.

3 X 5 cards; Creative materials that can be cut and torn such as: paper clips, tooth picks, pipe cleaners, newspaper, construction paper, clay, egg cartons, styrofoam, straws, etc.

Background For Teachers:
Students will be asked to locate camouflaged animals in the outdoor area. To help them prepare for this activity, spend about ten minutes around the area. If an appropriate outdoor location isn't accessible, use the virtual tour of the outdoor classroom. (See the Internet link in Step 1 below. Note especially the images around Duck Island). After the students create their camouflaged animal return to the outdoor area and let them hide their creation. Students will then draw cards describing the animals. They will attempt to locate the creature on their card. Limit the time that students can look for their target creature. Those that remain 'unfound' are survivors and their creator can show where they were hidden. Repeat this activity at a different season of the year and see if the same creatures survive with their 'old season' camouflage.

Intended Learning Outcomes:
Students will make observations and predictions. Students will identify variables and describe relationships between them. Students will understand basic science concepts and principles.

Instructional Procedures:
Visit the outdoor site and observe the patterns and colors that you can see. Ask the students to pretend that they are going to be animal that needs to hide from a predator. Ask them to think about what colors would best blend in with the background. After making observations in the outdoor area, return to the classroom and let the students create an animal that can hide well in the outdoors. The student should name this animal and then descibe it on a 3 X 5 card. For example: A Blue Clip Tree Hugger. This animal is made of blue clay and paper clips and lives in the top of the trees near the blue sky. When everyone has created their camouflaged creature and submitted a card describing it, go back outside and allow the students to hide their creatures in the outdoor site. Each student can then draw a 3 X 5 card from a paper bag and the animal named on the card becomes their assigned creature. When everyone has an assigned creature, give the students a limited amount of time to locate their assigned creature. Return to the classroom and discuss what characteristics encouraged the survival rate of the creatures created by the students. Examine pictures of real creatures that exhibit camouflage abilities. Ask: In what ways did the created creatures mimic real life? How would a change in season in the area affect the survival of the camoflagued creatures? How do plants in the area change with a change in season?

Web Sites

  • Nagdaha Pond
    If you would like to view an outdoor setting to help you camouflage your creations, use this link.

Make a collage of pictures of wild animals not found near the pond or in the neighborhood. Discuss the habitat of the wild animal (forest, jungle, rainforest, desert) and how the plants and animals change according to the habitat in which they are found.

Assessment Plan:
Students should be able to clearly see and describe the way the pictured animal blends into the environment. Ask students to make improvements on their animals that would better enable the animal to remain hidden. Or ask students to design a camoflauge for their same animal that would enable the animal to be hidden in different season.

Moulding, Brett Teacher's Resource Books (, )

Created Date :
Mar 19 1999 13:38 PM