The following words are in alphabetical order.
barred (bard) - in birds, feathers with alternating bands of color. “The barred owl has bands
of brown and white feathers.”
bioluminescence (bi-o-LOO-mi-nes-ens) - light produced by living things. “Fireflies and
some mushrooms produce light through the process of bioluminescence.”
calling (KALL-ing) - sounds produced by animals as a means to “talk” to each other.
“Male frogs call in the spring to attract female frogs to water for breeding.”
camouflage (CAM-uh-flaj) – coloration or behaviors that allow an organism to blend in with its
surroundings. “The walkingstick’s camouflage made it hard for us to find it on the shrub.”
cocoon (kuh-COON) - a case spun by an insect larva to cover and protect it in the
pupa stage (as it changes from larva to adult). “We found a cocoon in the leaves and
watched it for a few weeks. One day, a luna moth emerged from it.”
nocturnal (nock-TUR-nall) – active mainly at night. “The southern flying squirrel is a
nomenclature (NO-men-clay-chur) – naming rules for science. “Using scientific nomenclature,
the teacher identified the fish that we saw on our field trip.”
nymph (nimf) – an immature form that resembles an adult but does not have wings.
“The cicada nymph lived in the soil for 17 years.”
scale (skale) - a small, hard covering on the outside of an animal to provide protection.
“The armadillo’s scales help to protect its skin.”
vernal (VER-null) – appearing in, occurring in or pertaining to spring. “We helped build
vernal pools in the woodlands during our spring break.”