Camouflage: Hide and Seek
Today we learned about how animals use camouflage and mimicry to adapt to their environments and increase their chances of survival. Students learned about specific kinds of animals that have developed exceptionally unique types of camouflage. We also learned about animal mimicry, which occurs when an organism evolves to look like another and we discussed the reasons why this might happen. An example of mimicry included a tasty and harmless moth evolving to look like a wasp.
We played a camouflage hunting game where students hunted for beetles using different colored backgrounds to try and catch their prey. Playing this game allowed the students to build a data table on the number of white, clear green, or clear beads (beetles) caught on the different backgrounds. The data table was then used to create two different bar charts., one by seasons and the other by beetle color. This showed students that the same data can be displayed in many different ways. We talked about how to identify your x-axis and y-axis in a graph to best represent your data to support your hypothesis and results.
Want to learn more about camouflage? Check out this video on the Indonesian Mimic Octopus: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8oQBYw6xxc