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Animals with Patterns


Reasons Animals Have Patterned Coats • To scare predators • Camouflage • Because it’s unique!


Cheetah • Pattern: – small, dark spots

• Why? – Camouflage – To hide while hunting

• Species – Mammal


Giraffe • Pattern: – large, brown spots

• Why? – Camouflage – To hide from predators

• Species – Mammal


Dalmatian • Pattern: – small, black spots

• Why? – To be unique

• Species – Mammal


Ladybug • Pattern: – small, black spots

• Why? – Camouflage – To scare predators

• Species – Insect


Peacock • Pattern: – Blue-green “eyes” on their tail feathers

• Why? – Male: to attract females – Female: to scare away danger

• Species – Bird


Tiger • Pattern: – Black stripes

• Why? – Camouflage – To hide while hunting

• Species – Mammal


Zebra • Pattern: – White and Black stripes

• Why? – Camouflage – To hide from predators

• Species – Mammal


Can You Find the Giraffe?


Assignment •

Choose one animal from the list below and create your own “puppet” of the animal. – – – – – – –

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Cheetah Dalmatian Giraffe Ladybug Peacock Tiger Zebra

Draw the animal on a piece of paper. Use scissors to cut out the shape of your animal. Use markers or crayons to color in the animal’s pattern. Finally, get a popsicle stick glue your animal to the end of the popsicle stick. NOW YOU HAVE A PUPPET!


Journal Questions Answer the following questions in your journals: 1. What animal did you choose? 2. What animal group is it in? (mammal, fish, amphibian, invertebrate, bird, or reptile?) 3. What does your animal use its pattern for? (camouflage, protection, etc?)


Useful Learning Websites • Animal Corner – Find information on your animal. – Look at pictures of your animal.

• Animal Planet – Find information on your animal. – Look at pictures of your animal.

• Dalmatians – Use the side bar to view photos and facts about Dalmatians.

• Animal Puzzles (for fun!) – Try to solve different puzzles of your favorite animals!

Animals with Patterns  

Reasons animals have patterned coat

Animals with Patterns  

Reasons animals have patterned coat

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