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How Animals Stay Warm


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    New England Aquarium

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How Animals Stay Warm

In this quick activity, learners explore how blubber protects animals from the cold by making a "blubber mitt." Using cooking shortening, two zip-top sandwich bags, and duct tape, learners simulate blubber found on animals like whales and seals and then test it by sticking their "blubber mitt" in snow or ice water.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • One cup solid shortening
  • Two zip-top sandwich bags
  • Duct tape
  • Bucket of snow or ice water

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Evolution
      • Mechanisms of Evolution
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations

Informal Categories


  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

By:

Source Collection:

  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums

Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, New England Aquarium, ©2011

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