Most of us have had the experience of walking through the woods when something suddenly scurries away right in front of us. We didn’t see that creature but they sure noticed us! Camouflage is the art of staying hidden. In this program children learn about how animals and insects use colour, pattern and behaviour to melt into the landscape. Students also learn that certain colours can warn of poison, while some are used to attract a mate.
Season Availability: Fall, Winter, Spring
Grade K : Science Curriculum Links
3: demonstrate an understanding of the natural world and the need to care for and respect the environment
3.1 identify similarities and differences between local environments
Grade 1 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Needs and Characteristics of Living Things
2. investigate needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans;
3. demonstrate an understanding of the basic needs and characteristics of plants and animals, including humans.
2.3 investigate and compare the physical characteristics of a variety of plants and animals, including humans
2.6 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including investigation, explore, needs, space, and food, in oral and written communication
3.1 identify environment as the area in which something or someone exists or lives
3.2 identify the physical characteristics (e.g., size, shape, colour, common parts) of a variety of plants and animals
Understanding Earth and Space Systems: Daily and Seasonal Changes
3.5 describe changes in the appearance or behaviour of living things that are adaptations to seasonal changes
Grade 2 : Science Curriculum Links *
Understanding Life Systems: Growth and Changes in Animals
2. investigate similarities and differences in the characteristics of various animals;
3. demonstrate an understanding that animals grow and change and have distinct characteristics.
2.2 observe and compare the physical characteristics (e.g., fur or feathers; two legs or no legs) and the behavioural characteristics (e.g., predator or prey) of a variety of animals, including insects, using student-generated questions and a variety of methods and resources
2.4 observe and compare changes in the appearance and activity of animals as they go through a complete life cycle
2.7 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including life cycle, migration, adaptation, body coverings, and classify, in oral and written communication
3.1 identify and describe major physical characteristics of different types of animals
3.2 describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape, or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment