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A Polar Perspective
Penny Angelo

Kindergarten students conducted a very cold experiment! Currently, Kindergarten students are studying polar animals and their ability to survive in frigid temperatures. Throughout their study, students noticed references to blubber, the thick layer of fat that insulates polar animals. In order to better understand how blubber works, students first dipped their hands into a bucket of icy water and timed themselves to see how long they could keep their hand submerged. Their bare hands could not last long in the bucket, but when they tried the experiment again with a “blubber” glove, they were able to keep their hand in the water for a very long time. Some students reported that they could keep their hand in the cold water all day, and others felt that the glove was actually warm inside! This was both an interactive and clever way to demonstrate how polar animals live in freezing climates.

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