Alberta, Canada

ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING MODULE
Module Two - Camouflage

Recommended grades: 4 to 8

Some animals in the natural environment have a better chance of survival because the colours, patterns and textures of their bodies make them difficult for predators to see. Some predators, on the other hand, use camouflage to avoid being seen by their prey.

PART 1 - VOCABULARY

Define the following words and phrases.

  • camouflage

  • pattern

  • texture

  • habitat

  • bird

  • mammal

  • reptile

  • amphibian

PART 2 - QUESTIONS

Examine each of the following photographs and answer the questions below.

Photo #1

Photo #2

Photo #3

Photo #4

Photo #5

Photo #6

Photo #7

1. Is there an animal in the photograph?

2. Do you believe that this animal is trying to hide? Why or why not?

3. What kind of animal do you think it is -- bird, mammal, reptile or amphibian?

4. Which particular species do you think it is?

5. Which colours on this animal's body are also found in the surrounding habitat?

6. Which patterns on this animal's body are also found in the surrounding habitat?

7. Which textures on this animal's body are also found in the surrounding habitat?