Tuesday, January 19, 2010

a penguin experiment

The idea for this experiment came from Chelsea
over at Preschool - What fun we have!

Do you ever imagine
diving into an icy ocean like a penguin?
{AND staying warm and toasty?}

Personally, my fantasies tend to be more on the sunny beach side...
but, the children in my classroom have a special place
in their hearts for arctic mammals
{like penguins, polar bears, and seals}
so we decided to give Chelsea's experiment a try.

First, we plunged our bare hands into a tub of ice water.
{No one was able to keep their hands in long enough for a photo!}

Then, we put on rubber gloves
and gooped our hands up with A LOT of animal fat.
{The gloves saved us all from a seriously huge mess!}

With the fat caked on our hands,
the icy water suddenly felt much warmer...
almost tropical, really.


Not only was it a fun sensory experience,
the children made their own meaningful connections
between fat and warmth.
{I barely said a word!}

11 comments:

  1. AWESOME LESSON!!!!!!!!!
    YOU ARE THE BEST TEACHER ALWAYS COMING UP WITH NEW IDEAS! NO WONDER EVERYONE LOVES YOUR BLOG, YOU ARE INSPIRING!

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  2. THANKS CHRISTY!!!!
    YOU ARE PRETTY DANG INSPIRING, TOO! YOU AND YOUR "READ TO PORTER PROJECT!" YOU SHOULD DO A GUEST POST ON ITTY BITTY LOVE ABOUT IT! ;)

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  3. What a COOL presentation! I shall try this in class! Thank you. :)

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  4. We did this but used two zip loc bags to contain the lard. flip one bag inside out and put the lard in and then put the other bag inside it and zip them together to contain the lard. We brought in snow to do it as we were focusing on land animals (mainly bears) rather than penguins. We also had the kids do the experiment using their own mittens/gloves after the bag of lard. It sure is a fn experiment.

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  5. WOW! Great! Thanks for the idea :-))

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  6. Oh this looks like FUN! What a great idea - thanks for sharing!

    ~Mari-Ann
    www.countingcoconuts.blogspot.com

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  7. I love it... a very meaningful exercise that students will remember forever... maybe there are a few budding biologist in your group... you make me proud!

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  8. great idea, we'll have to try this!

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  9. Wow, what a great idea!! I'm definitely going to try this one!

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  10. This is just such a brilliant project! I've linked to it today from my own penguin post:
    http://www.playingbythebook.net/2010/02/25/penguin-multiplication/

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