for Polar Bear Day
will conduct an experiment to determine how blubber helps
keep Polar Bears warm.
- Ask the students how they
think Polar Bears keep warm in the Arctic
climate. You may want to share information from
the following link Polar
Bears Alive or read a book on how Polar Bears keep
warm. Lead the students to a discussion on
- Put the students in pairs
and pass out an ice cube, the Worksheet,
and a spoonful of Vaseline or shortening.
Have one student cover one of the index finger
fingertips of their partner with a thick layer of the
Vaseline or shortening. That student will then
place both of their index fingertips against the ice
cube. Which fingertip gets colder faster?
The one with or without the covering? The
students will then switch roles for the other student
to try the experiment.
- Have the students complete
- As an option to the above
experiment, a more in depth blubber experiment can be
found at the following link; Blubber
- Do a lesson on
camouflage. How do Polar Bears blend in with
- Make Polar Bear Fact Books
(can be tied in with a Language Arts Lesson).
Have the students write their facts on cut-outs of
Polar Bear Tracks. They may each make their own
book, or work to create a class book.
- Do a lesson on the Arctic
habitat. The following links may be helpful; Arctic
Of The Arctic, and Arctic
National Wildlife Reserve.