This mini-lesson explores how polar animals keep warm in the coldest regions on Earth. In the no-prep activity, My Tiny Winter Home, students use ideas from the mini-lesson to design a house that will keep them warm in a very cold climate. Older students also think about how they could test their design, as we walk them through an experimental design process.
After you complete the lesson and activity, try this extension.
Some penguins stand in the snow for months while waiting for their eggs to hatch. To keep the eggs warm, penguins hold them on their feet—even when walking around! Give it a try! Use a roll of toilet paper as your penguin egg. Find something to hold on to, like a wall or a couch. Tip your feet so you’re standing on your heels, like a penguin. Put the “egg” on your feet. Now waddle like a penguin! How far can you go before dropping the “egg”? Challenge your friends to beat your record.
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