Chameleon Observation

Suggested Grades



  • Students will be able to describe how a chameleon survives in it’s environment
  • Students will be able to create a mini-journal on the daily events of a chameleon
  • Students will be able to discuss how a chameleon changes colors and why


  • Chameleon
  • Container for Chameleon
  • Book- The Mixed-up Chameleon- by Eric Carle
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Chameleon fact sheet


  • Introduction: Have you ever wondered what a chameleon is? Where they live or what they eat? Where they are from? Well today we are going to find out.
  • The teacher will begin the lesson by reading a book about Chameleons. The book is titled The Mixed-Up Chameleon, by Eric Carle
  • After the story is over the teacher will ask the students if they liked the way chameleons can change color. She will discuss with the students about the chameleons ability to catch flies with it’s tongue
  • After the book, the teacher will pass out a chameleon fact sheet. As the students are looking at the fact sheet, the teacher will discuss the characteristics of the chameleon.
  • The teacher will have the students come to a table at the front of the room. The children will observe a live chameleon in a container. The students will see and understand what chameleons look like in their natural environment.
  • After that, the teacher will have the students go back to their desks. Then they will be assigned into three observing group. For the rest of the week the students will write in a journal what they observed about the chameleon.. Each student from the group must write at least three things in the journal.
  • At the end of the week, the groups will share their findings with the class!