I like beginning a science lesson or class with a phenomenon. Use them when you have a few extra minutes too. Click here for a list of phenomena to use with your scientists from NCSS. A reminder that a phenomenon is an observable event that fosters inquiry.
On my walk today, I spied a fawn. Why does she have a spotted coat, while her parents do not? Brainstorm answers. Encourage students to use their background knowledge on ecosystems and food chains. Look below the last photo for the answer.
Spots mimic patches of sunlight that shine through trees and other plants and thereby camouflage the fawn from predators. Click here for a previous post about camouflage.