for Chameleon Day
students will experiment with camouflage and relate it to
chameleons in their natural environments.
- Manipulatives which are
handy in the classroom, such as blocks, counting
bears, scrap pieces of construction paper, marbles,
cotton balls, etc. See step 1 below to help
determine the materials to be gathered.
Worksheet (for older students)
- A book about camouflage,
such as Hard to See Animals (Rookie Read-About
Science) by Allan Fowler, Disguises and
Surprises by Claire Llewellyn, or any of the How
to Hide a ______ series by Ruth Heller.
- A link to the following
act if available.
- Create a camouflage
demonstration by gathering a collection of any of the
above mentioned manipulatives. For example, put
red and yellow counting bears in a see through
container or in an open box. Then add some red
and yellow scraps of paper along with some green and
blue scraps. Mix the contents up. Discuss
with the students how much easier it is to see and
find the green and blue scraps rather than the orange
and yellow ones.
- Relate this activity to
the process of chameleons camouflaging themselves.
Point out that chameleons are not always trying to
hide themselves. Sometimes they change color in
response to temperature, moods, and whether they are
- Show the link to the above
mentioned web site and how movement affects camouflage
in addition to color and markings. (If the link
is not available on your computer, it demonstrates how
a moving object against a similarly colored background
is easier to see than a still object. This can
be shown by moving a small piece of colored paper
across a bigger piece of the same color as opposed to keeping
- Pass out the Camouflage
Worksheet and have the students complete it
individually or in pairs.
- Older students may work in
groups to create their own collection of items and
present a camouflage demonstration to the rest of the
- Read the chosen book on
- Have the class research
animals with prehensile tails and how they use them.
- Read a variety of
nonfiction chameleon books. Make fact lists
- Have a lesson on
how chameleons capture their prey with long, sticky
tongues. Compare this feature to other animal