Can You Find Me?
This excursion supports student learning about the Living World.
The excursion is based around the beautiful children’s book “Can You Find Me?” by Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington. Students gain a deep insight into the external features of living things at Brewongle EEC and how these features help them live in different places.
This excursion, along with the pre- and post- excursion lessons supplied, allows students to meet curriculum outcomes in a day of discovery and analysis. Students use a range of scientific skills and equipment, following up by designing and creating a way to improve the natural habitat at school.
As a class, read “Can You Find Me”? by Gordon Winch and Patrick Shirvington. Discuss camouflage, where animals look like where they live. Example activities for classrooms to teach camouflage:
1. Hide the lizard
- Students cut out a paper lizard (use the Pattern Universe website to find a template https://patternuniverse.com/download/gecko-pattern/) which has been printed on white paper.
- Give students a piece of patterned paper, for example coloured stripes or spots. Scrapbooking paper is great for this activity, but try to find simple patterns.
- Ask students to place the cutout lizard on the paper and “hide it” – colour the lizard in with the same colours and patterns as the paper behind it. Staple the lizard to the paper and display.
2. Make a bug
- With their newfound knowledge of camouflage, students draw a bug on an A5 piece of paper. The bug could be based on a real or imagined bug, but it should be the type of bug they might find in local bushland. Students must colour their bug in, being mindful of the colours they might have seen in the trees, bush or soil. These bugs should be brought to Brewongle EEC for the excursion.