Defense Mechanisms of Animals


How do animals protect themselves from predators who would love to eat them for lunch? You won’t believe how many types of defense mechanisms animals have to keep themselves alive and well! From sharp teeth to chemical warfare and everything in between, you’ll be amazed at the unique tools animals possess.


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In Defense Mechanisms of Animalslearn about the incredible ways animals protect themselves from other hungry animals and humans. 

Have you ever been stung by a wasp or bee? If so, you’ve been the recipient of a physical defense mechanism!

Besides physical defense mechanisms like stingers, sharp teeth, and claws, there are a bunch of other types of defenses! In this curriculum, learn about:

  • Camouflage
  • Mimicry
  • Playing Dead
  • Alert Signals
  • Chemical Defenses
  • Defensive Actions
  • and MORE!

You’ll laugh to learn that some animals are actually very good actors and you’ll shake in your boots to learn that you could be standing right next to an animal and never know it.

In eight thorough lessons, discover why animals need defense mechanisms and how masterfully they are executed.

Learn how to look carefully so you don’t mistake one animal for another and learn how to listen intently to hear important communication among animals.

Understand why some animals are mistaken for others, how groups of animals protect each other, and when bright colors do a lot more than simply attract the eyes of a predator.

Wait. What’s a predator and why are animals attacking other animals in the first place? Defense Mechanisms of Animals will answer those questions and many more, too!

Does some of this sound like it might go over the heads of 1st-8th graders? The information is presented in bite-sized portions with kid-friendly explanations that are really very easy to learn and understand!

It’s always so fun to learn about nature in around the kitchen table or in the classroom and then watch students become excited to find real life examples in nature. You certainly don’t have to get outside to complete these lessons, but don’t be surprised when your students want to!

Important Notes:

  • 30 pages
  • digital curriculum
  • suitable for black and white printing, if desired
  • no printing necessary
  • acceptable content for charter schools

What is No Sweat Nature Study?

Have you ever wished for a nature study that simply didn’t require any outdoor time?

No packing of bags full of nature journals and sunblock.

No half-days spent driving to and from the nature trails.

No whining about the temperature that’s either too hot or too cold.

Well, it’s here. 

The No Sweat Nature Study series allows you to teach nature-based lessons from the comfort of your home or classroom using an amazing variety of fresh resources that will make a deep scientific impact on your students.

Through the use of kid-friendly, hand-selected videos, websites, online images, and books, you can teach nature study topics to multiple ages in short bursts of time.

Wait. Some of you are die-hard fans of “real” nature study – the outdoor kind – and you’re wondering how this curriculum could be legit, aren’t you?

Trust me when I say I am all for getting outdoors for real-life nature study. In fact, nature walks have been a weekly habit around our house for years and years now – and they’ve made a huge difference in our homeschool.

Some people just don’t like getting outside, though. Others struggle with time, energy, health, or climate issues. Some are attempting to teach nature study in co-ops or classrooms without options to get outdoors frequently.

I want everyone to have the opportunity to study in-depth nature topics, and this curriculum is just about as close to real life nature walks as you can get without going outside.

But, don’t stop reading just yet my “real” nature study friend. YOU can benefit from this curriculum, too! It’s a great way to add some depth and understanding to things you’re already discovering in the field during your nature walks.

Whether your a fan of nature walks or not, you’ll find this series to provide you with a unique method to experience nature study!

  • You get to choose exactly how much and what you study as you work through eight lessons.
  • The activities are leveled for difficulty, while allowing you the opportunity to do more or less depending on the interests and abilities of your students.
  • Whether you do a little or a lot from each lesson, rest assured that serious nature-based science will be learned.

This curriculum is perfect to add to a morning time routine. It’s also perfect to use once-a-week as a supplement to your regular science curriculum. If you choose to do all the lessons and really dig deep within each, you could use No Sweat Nature Study as your complete science curriculum for whichever topics you choose. How you choose to use it is really up to you!

Written with 1st-8th graders in mind, the topics are really very in-depth. Using kid-size terminology and resources, I think you’ll be surprised and excited about how much scientific information your students are able to absorb!


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