Chameleon Condos

Chameleon Condos, Critters and Critical Thinking

Chameleon Condos uses critter habitats to foster and promote science inquiry for elementary through high school classrooms, science fair projects, and home schooling. The 76 pages include chapters on stimulating interest in science, building the basic 5-bottle condo, variations including the 10-bottle, 9-bottle, 18 bottle a and b, mini-condos, caring for your critters (anoles, crickets, ants and spiders), preparing students for doing investigations, creative problem solving and critical thinking, integrating science into other areas, design and problem solving challenges, and more.


Chameleon Condos


  • Low-cost critter habitats for exploring science at home and in the classroom.
  • Use two-liter bottles to build critter habitats for anoles, ants, crickets and spiders then use student observations for science inquiry lessons!
  • Use in elementary, middle, or high school life science classrooms.
  • Students can use condos for science projects, science experiments with critter behavior, and thinking about “What is science?”

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Table of Contents


  1. Chameleon Condos: Stimulating Interest In Science
  2. Building the Basic 5-Bottle Condo
  3. Parts List: (for a 5-bottle condo)
  4. Step by Step Directions
  5. Variations to the Condo
    • Ten-Bottle
    • Nine-Bottle
    • Eighteen-Bottle (Version A)
    • Eighteen-Bottle (Version B)
    • Mini-Condos
  6. Caring For Your Critters
    • Chameleons
    • Crickets
    • Feeding Tubes for Crickets
    • Art Colony
    • Spiders
  7. Preparing Students for Doing Science Investigations
  8. Creative Problem Solving and Critical Thinking
    • How to Begin
    • Observation Logs
    • SSCS & Critical Thinking in Action – Ant Study
  9. Integrating Science Into Other Subject Areas
    • Putting It All Together
  10. Design and Problem Solving Challenges
    • New Designs Created by Students
    • New Designs and Creative Design Award



Sample Pages


Complete directions on building the various condos for Anoles, Ants, Crickets, Spiders and other critters! Build the 5-bottle model, or the 9, 10, or 18 bottle condos.

Raising crickects requires some special adaptations. Watch pin-head sized crickets emerge from the soil! See crickets molt and emerge completely white after shedding their exoskelton.

The book contains the many variations beyond the five-bottle condo, customized for combinations of crickets and anoles, with special adaptations and modifications to make it easier to grow and feed the critters.