1. Discuss the children's observations while outside exploring the rainbow.
2. Discuss what we see compared to how animals see.
3. Discover different ways animals use colour to warn, trick or advertise.
4. Participants will pretend they are certain animals and share what their message is.
5. Time is allowed for questions and answers.
The participant will:
- explore how animals and plants communicate using colour
- compare what animals see to what we see
- engage in a discussion about the importance of adaptations
- list three examples of how colour is used by plants and animals
United States: National Science Standards: K-4
Life Sciences Standards: K-4, 5-8
Science as Inquiry
• A1: Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
o Ask a question about objects, organisms and events in the environment
• C1: The characteristics of organisms
• C3: Organisms and environments
Developing Student Understanding
• F4: Changes in environments
5-8 Life Science
• C1: Structure and function of living systems
• C5: Diversity and adaptations of organisms
Grade 2: Growth and Changes in Animals
2.2: Observe and compare the physical characteristics and the behavioural characteristics of a variety of animals.
2.4: Observe and compare changes in the appearance and activity of animals as they go through a complete life cycle.
2.5: Investigate the ways in which a variety of animals adapt to their environment, using various methods
3.2: Describe an adaptation as a characteristic body part, shape or behaviour that helps a plant or animal survive in its environment
Grade 3: Growth and Changes in Plants
2.2: Observe and compare the parts of a variety of plants
2.5: Investigate a variety of ways in which plants meet their basic needs
3.2: identify the major parts of plants and describe how each contributes to the plant’s survival within the plant’s environment.
Grade 6: Biodiversity
3.2: Demonstrate an understanding of biodiversity as the variety of life on earth, including variety within each species of plant and animal, among species of plants and animals in communities, and among communities and the physical landscapes that support them
3.3: Describe ways in which biodiversity within species is important for maintaining the resilience of those species