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Hidden Animals in a World of Camouflage
Students will choose an animal and study how it camouflages itself to hide from its predators, then create a puppet of their animal camouflaged in its environment. This lesson will help sustain attention and establish the relevency of the content for students.
Goals & Objectives:
The students will:
-listen to Who`s Hiding Here? by Miyazaki Yoshi and examine the illustrations
-use the ´Children´s Magazine Guide´ to find periodicals on animals that camouflage.
-design ´camouflage´ carts, crates and boxes in select areas of the library media center
-work in pairs to search for facts
-type one fact about a particular animal on a computer and print the fact for illustrating.
-share animal facts with other students and show an illusration of one particular camouflaged animal.

The students will:
-identify the ways animals camouflage themselves to survive in nature
-fill out an information card about a particular animal
-write a poem in a cinquain format to explain camouflage or how an animal camouflages itself.
-use art media and concepts to design and create an animal stick puppet and appropriate background.
-identify habitats of animals that camouflage themselves in natural settings

The student will:
-become interested in the research process.
-understand the importance of information skills.
-experience increased confidence in research ability
-understand the value of information skills.
-achieve satisfaction in research accomplishments.
Materials & Sources:

Resource List
Information Fact Card
Cinquain Poem Format


Author: Darlene K. Woodruff
Adapted by Kori Gerbig, School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
School Library Media Activities Monthly
October 1996; 13(2); 20-23




-The library media specialist and classroom teachers will work cooperatively to develop a schedule of activities.



-The library media specialist will decorate shelves, crates, carts, and boxes in camouflage designs to help students with easy identification of specific library resources. The library media specialist will place globe, maps, and paper for easy access in the library media center. The library media specialist will check to see that the computer is ready to use and the tape recorder is ready for playing sound recording tapes during the 'Gathering Time'. The library media specialist will expand on the introduction of 'camouflaged' animals by reading aloud 'Who's Hiding Here?' The library media specialist will lead the 'Gathering Time' for students to share discovered facts and pictures.

-The teachers will introduce the definition of 'camouflage' with the aid of the science curriculum. They will help students complete the information cards of animal facts. Fact cards will be attached to the stick puppets. The teachers will develop a cinquain poem with students by modeling the format and assisting students in writing their own poems.

-Each student will produce a stick puppet showing an animal camouflaged: one stick will be for the animal; one stick for the habitat/background. Pairs of students will type a fact on the computer for a book page. The same pairs will work together to illustrate their fact page for a Library Fact Book about camouflaged animals entitled 'Hide and Seek'


-The library media specialist and teachers may want to work with the students to create a Venn Diagram for comparing the differences and similarities between two books such as "How to Hide a Polar Bear and Other Mammals" and "How to Hide an Octopus and Other Sea Creatures". The students may work independently to research and illustrate a page of facts about an animal. This page can be added to the library media center book "Hide and Seek" housed in the section of books made by students.

-The students can write a class letter to World Wildlife Fund, USA; 1250 24th Street, NW; Washington, DC 20003, or to Friends of the Earth; 7th Street SE; Washington, DC 20037, stating their opinions about the preservation of the natural habitats of animals.

-The students can take a field trip to a zoo to see some of the animals in actual habitats where they may camouflage themselves.

-The students will locate information a specific animal that camouflages itself.
-The students will complete an animal stick puppet for display and an illustration for a book page.
School Library Media Activities Monthly October 1996; 13(2); 20-23
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