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ERIC Number: EJ817942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8121
Exploring Predation and Animal Coloration through Outdoor Activity
Fontaine, Joseph J.; Decker, Karie L.
Science Activities: Classroom Projects and Curriculum Ideas, v45 n4 p3-8 Win 2009
Although children often characterize animals by the animals' color or pattern, the children seldom understand the evolutionary and ecological factors that favor particular colors. In this article, we describe two activities that help students understand the distinct evolutionary strategies of warning coloration and camouflage. Because both of these strategies effectively allow prey animals to avoid predation, they can help explain considerable variation in animal coloration. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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