Arctic Habitats🐻‍❄️🐧

During the month of January, we have been learning all about cold weather, the arctic regions, and arctic animals. This week, we created our very own arctic habitats to explore. On Monday, we created icebergs by adding water and different shades of blue food coloring to round ice cube trays, then freezing. On Tuesday, we discussed and choose which animals would live in our habitat from our animal toys. Today, we made snow by mixing baking soda, cornstarch and hair conditioner. We explored our snow for a while, building adorable snowman, before starting on our habitats. We chose the animals we wanted, then filled our sensory bins with snow, added glass rocks in shades of clear, white and blue, then popped in a our ice cube icebergs. We had SO much fun exploring and playing with them!

Girls+Engineering=🦸‍♀️💪

Our lovely ladies decided to explore a little engineering first thing this morning. They chose to play with our track connect toys. We worked together to connect all the pieces to create a race track. We then used objects from our classroom to create hills and curves. We had to try objects of different sizes, heights and shapes to get the slopes and angles that we wanted.

Waterproof feathers

Today, we learned that Arctic land animals stay warm by growing a thick fur coat during the winter. Our little scientists wanted to know how penguins and other Arctic birds stay warm in the frigid temperatures. So, of course, that called for another science experiment! We learned that these birds have feathers instead of fur, and that they coat their feathers in an oily substance to make them waterproof. We tested a non-treated feather in water to discover that it was soaked and soggy in seconds. We decided that that feather wouldn’t do a very good job of protecting a bird from the cold water. We then coated another feather in oil, and tested it in the water. We discovered that the water rolled right off the protected feather, leaving it nice and dry.

Arctic animals 🐧

We are loving our unit all about Arctic animals this week! We are learning to identify the polar regions, different facts about the Arctic and Antarctic, as well as lots of fun things about the animals that live there. Today, we did our super messy and fun “Blubber” science experiment. We wanted to know just how animals such as penguins, seals and whales manage to live in such freezing cold waters. We learned that one way they stay warm is with blubber. We created a mini replica of the Arctic sea, complete with icebergs, then tested the water with our bare hands. We decided that the water was much too cold to swim in without protecting our bodies. We then simulated the blubber on an animal’s body by filling a glove with shortening (the blubber), then putting our gloved hand into our blubber glove. We then put both hands back into the water to realize that our protected hand was nice and toasty warm! Girls Rock Science!

Creating and testing our Arctic Ocean
Brrr…it’s so cold! Getting our gloves on.
Blubber hands! Warm and toasty!!
Girls rock science!!!
Technology tools. Do you remember National Geographic being this funny???
Silly penguins!