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Chameleon Day

Social Studies Lesson
for Chameleon Day

The students will identify, write about, and illustrate personal feelings.


  • "My Many Colored Days" by Dr. Seuss.
  • Paper and writing utensils.
  • Art Materials to illustrate their writings.  (Paint, colored chalk, colored pencils, crayons, etc.)



  1. The following procedure may be combined to meet the required Language Arts Objective and the Art Objective for the day.
  2. Read My Many Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. 
  3. Brainstorm and list on chart paper as many feelings as the students are able to identify.
  4. Have the students make suggestions for what feelings different colors can represent.  For example, "On a pink day I feel excited."
  5. Pass out the paper and writing materials.  Have the students complete the thought "On a _________ day I feel __________."  Older students may expand further on what contributed to their feeling a certain way.  Younger students may need adult assistance in completing the sentence.
  6. Pass out the art materials and have the students illustrate their writings.  This step of the process may be combined to complete the daily Art Lesson as well.

Other Lesson Ideas

  1. Identify on a map where chameleons live; Africa, Madagascar, Spain, southern Europe, Arabia, India, Sri Lanka, and the Seychelles Islands.
  2. Have a specific lesson on Madagascar since it is home to many species of chameleons.  The following links will be helpful;
    Madagascar: Up Close And Personal
    , Explore Madagascar, and Animals of Madagascar.
  3. Since Chameleons can change their colors in response to temperature and light, conduct a lesson on how people dress to fit their environments.


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