HOW DO PENGUINS, WHALES, AND SEALS LIVE IN SUCH A COLD OCEAN?

Students discover that a layer of fat just under the skin is highly adaptive for living in cold water. They coat one hand with vegetable shortening and dip the hand in the ice water. They explain that the layer of vegetable fat insulated their hand against the cold, much like a layer of fat insulates whales, penguins and seals.

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Grade
5th - 7th
Subjects
Science
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Resource Type
Lesson Plans
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning