Hide and Seek

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 took a trip through oceans, forests, and rainforests to learn all about how animals have developed different types of camouflage to better adapt to their habitats.  Students enjoyed finding hidden animals and discussing specific kinds of animals that have developed exceptionally unique types of camouflage. The students loved watching a video demonstrating an amazing example of camouflage by an octopus. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PmDTtkZlMwM

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.   Examples of mimicry include a tasty and harmless moth evolving to look like a wasp or a nonvenomous snake evolving to have the same colors as a venomous snake.

We wrapped up our lesson with a fun camouflage hunting game in which student hunters, stranded on a remote island, had to develop hunting techniques to identify and successfully capture their food for survival. The idea was to test the effect of different colored backgrounds (representing the seasons) on the number of each color bead (camouflaged prey) taken. This camouflage lesson is always a student favorite!

 

Camuflaje: jugando a las escondidas

En la clase de hoy aprendimos sobre cómo los animales utilizan el camuflaje y el mimetismo para adaptarse a su medio ambiente y así aumentar su posibilidades de supervivencia.  Los estudiantes “viajaron” a través de océanos, bosques y selvas para aprender cómo los animales han desarrollado distintos tipos de camuflaje para sobrevivir sus hábitats. Los alumnos se divirtieron tratando de encontrar “animales escondidos” y discutiendo sobre ciertos animales que han desarrollado unos camuflajes excepcionales.

También aprendimos sobre el mimetismo, que ocurre cuando un organismo evoluciona para parecerse a otro, y discutimos las razones por las cuales ésto ocurre. Entre los ejemplos de mimetismo podemos encontrar una polilla que se parece a una avispa o una serpiente no venenosa que se parece a una venenosa.

Finalizamos la clase con un divertido juego de caza y camuflaje. Los estudiantes simularon estar varados en una isla remota, y debieron desarrollar técnicas de caza para poder identificar y capturar su comida y así sobrevivir. Tenían que probar el efecto  de ver las presas camufladas (mostacillas de colores) en  distintos colores de fondos. Esta lección sobre el camuflaje es una de las actividades favoritas de los estudiantes.

 

 

5 Comments:

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    I really liked when we did this, also I liked how at the end we had a poisonous bead at the end!

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    Amelia Stallions / Reply

    This was a fun game.

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    DelilahF / Reply

    This was so fun to do! I wish that we could do it again! :) (:

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    Harrison Dolgoff / Reply

    I learned very much with this experiment! Thank you so much.

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    Clara Johnson / Reply

    I learned a lot from this experiment! It demonstrated a lot about camouflage. It showed the similarities between food that predators might see when hunting their food. I liked learning from this and it I realized that it’s much harder to find the different kinds of food. This was so much fun!

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