by Becky Viney

Camouflage lesson

About This Lesson


This lesson addresses how animals use camouflage to hide from predators. 

Instruction should include why animals use camouflage and the different types of camouflage they use.

This can be accomplished by playing the camouflage game, looking at the power point and discussing the different pictures on the power point.

In order to demonstrate mastery the student has to be able to list one animal on the power point presentation and how it uses camouflage.

To assure that this unit is taught with appropriate emphasis, dept and rigor, it is important that the tasks listed under "Evidence of Learning" be reviewed early in the planning process.  A variety of resources should be utilized to supplement, but not completely replace, the textbook.  Textbooks not only provide much needed content information, but excellent learning activities as well.  The tasks in these units illustrate the type of learning activities that should be utilized from a variety of sources.

Standards Addressed In This Unit

GPS Standards

Topic: The Living World: Animals
Standard: Compares different kinds of animals and their protective adaptations. Identifies examples of animals with protective adaptations in color, physical structure and body markings and shadings, such as zebras, giraffes, Viceroy butterflies and deer.


Resources Needed For This Unit


Camouflage game
power point 
final assessment worksheet



Knowledge and Skills


 Students will understand that animals use different kinds of camouflage to hide from predators and to catch food.

Essential Question(s)

How do animals use camouflage?
Why do animals use camouflage?

Students will know

The different types of camouflage and how the different animals use camouflage.


Students will be able to

View the power point and participate in the group discussion.



Key Criteria

The student will complete the final assessment worksheet.
They will tell one animal they saw in the power point and why and how that animal uses camouflage. 

Strategies For Teaching And Learning


The students will play a game in which they have to find the colored dots on the image projected on the overhead projector.  They will have five seconds to look at the image. They will count the number of red, yellow and green dots they see.  Then the whole class will count the number that are really there in the image.  We will discuss why some colors are easier or harder to see in the images.


Learning Activities

The sutdents will view the power point on camouflaged animals and have a class discussion about the different ways the animals are using camouflage.