Zula STEM Remote Learning: Consider Camouflage

Grade Levels
K - 5th
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This engaging, hands-on, STEM mission, can be easily led remotely or done with minimal adult guidance at home. This mission consists of multiple hands-on activities which introduce students to creature camouflage through experimentation with patterned and non-patterned cutouts and creating a creature that will blend in. Missions are science-based but also incorporate connections with math, language arts, creative arts, and social studies. Zula STEM began as the children’s science television show The Zula Patrol on PBS. Included in this mission is a link to the Zula Patrol episode “Bula's Heroes: The Great Camouflage Caper” which discusses creature camouflage and reinforces key ideas in this mission.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Develop a simple sketch, drawing, or physical model to illustrate how the shape of an object helps it function as needed to solve a given problem.
Use materials to design a solution to a human problem by mimicking how plants and/or animals use their external parts to help them survive, grow, and meet their needs. Examples of human problems that can be solved by mimicking plant or animal solutions could include designing clothing or equipment to protect bicyclists by mimicking turtle shells, acorn shells, and animal scales; stabilizing structures by mimicking animal tails and roots on plants; keeping out intruders by mimicking thorns on branches and animal quills; and, detecting intruders by mimicking eyes and ears.
Read texts and use media to determine patterns in behavior of parents and offspring that help offspring survive. Examples of patterns of behaviors could include the signals that offspring make (such as crying, cheeping, and other vocalizations) and the responses of the parents (such as feeding, comforting, and protecting the offspring).
Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all. Examples of evidence could include needs and characteristics of the organisms and habitats involved. The organisms and their habitat make up a system in which the parts depend on each other.
Make observations of plants and animals to compare the diversity of life in different habitats. Emphasis is on the diversity of living things in each of a variety of different habitats. Assessment does not include specific animal and plant names in specific habitats.


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