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Invite students to explore why the ability to change color with the seasons is so important to the survival of some animals. Then challenge your children to draw a snowshoe hare, or another creature, in seasonal camouflage.
Challenge your students to find out the names of animals whose colors change with the seasons, such as the snowshoe hare, polar bear, white-tailed deer, and horned owl. With classmates, students compile a list of these creatures. Consider questions such as: What colors are these animals’ coats in winter? In summer? What is each animal’s natural habitat like? Identify their predators. Collect information and ideas about how camouflage makes a difference for predators and their prey.
Using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils, students outline a snowshoe hare, or other animal whose coloring blends in with its surroundings, on construction paper. Cut out the drawing with Crayola Scissors.
Students fold a large piece of construction paper in half. Trace the animal twice, once on each side of the fold.
Using the colored pencils, the information researched, and one's imagination, children draw one side to show the animal in its winter habitat. For example, in winter a snowshoe hare’s coat is white to provide protection in snowy fields.
Next, challenge students to create a summer/fall habitat on the other side of the paper showing the animals’ coat and surroundings during that season.
Using their colored pencil erasers, students create highlights on the animal and the vegetation that grows in its natural habitats.
Set aside time in the school day to have students present their learning and artwork to classmates.
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