Blubber is Better
Fifth graders study and test the insulating properties of various materials. In this insulation lesson, 5th graders participate in an experiment to that is intended to test weather modeling clay or vegetable shortening is a better insulator. Students integrate technology which includes the internet, stopwatches, and Celsius thermometers. Students listen to the book Nature's Children: Polar Bears and discuss the adaptations need for survival in an arctic environment.