How Do Chameleons Change Color?

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Talk about weird science! Young biologists discover the amazing structures found in the skin of male chameleons during a video from Veritasium. The narrator discusses common myths about chameleon color change, what triggers the color-change mechanism, and the benefits of being able to blend in or stand out from your surroundings.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Include the video in an animal adaptations lesson
  • Have the class read the attached scientific article, then use the video to clarify key concepts
Classroom Considerations

  • Before viewing the resource, lead a brief discussion about the reflection and absorption of colors

  • The narrator explains the phenomenon clearly
  • Simple diagrams show how the chameleon's specialized cells react to changes in its environment and mood 

  • None
Common Core