Let's talk about animal spots! [Have students discuss things that are spotted - things they can see from where they are or things in general.]
In the video below, explore footage of Giraffes and other species with spots.
Students may discuss how the animals use their spots for camouflage:
Giraffes have leaf-like spots, which can help them blend into trees.
Spotted deer are able to blend into their surroundings.
Students may discuss the species' spots and how they compare:
Color differences: Giraffes' spots are variations of brownish color while the spots we saw on deer in the video are white.
Pattern differences: The spotting patterns between Cheetahs, Jaguars and Leopards aren't extremely obvious. Examine closer using the image below*.
Use these downloads for a fun educational experience!
*The image comparison for Cheetah, Jaguar and Leopard patterns from lprd.design