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Shelter and protection

Background

All animals have a natural instinct to protect themselves. They device various means of doing this. Some also look for shelter or make shelters to protect themselves from enemies (predators) and the weather. 

Aim

Observe how animals protect themselves.

Identify the shelters built by animals.

Observe animal camouflage. 

Activities

Observe animals around you. How many of them have shelters to protect them from other animals or the weather. Name these animals and make a sketch of their shelters.

How many of these shelters are permanent? How many of them will have to be rebuilt or repaired often? Make a list.

Birds build nests only when they lay eggs. Nests are protective shelters for eggs and young chicks. Observe nests of different birds. Find out how they are built and where they are built. How are their nests helpful in protecting their young?

Observe where different birds take shelter. How many and which birds take shelter in trees or in houses?

How are domestic animals protected? Observe their shelters. What are their shelters called?

How do tiny insects protect themselves? Some examples are flies, caterpillars, ants and cockroaches.

Observe the body shape and colour of animals. Do they help to hide them so that others cannot see them easily? Which animals are very good at hiding themselves? Which are not? Write down what body features help them in protecting themselves and what do not help them.

Related Questions

Some animals occupy the shelter built by other animals. Name some of these animals.

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