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Antarctica

Posted on by Sassafras

It has begun to look and feel a lot like Antarctica outside, just in time to begin our study of Antarctica in the classroom!  We have spent a lot of time talking about what the land in Antarctica looks like, how its covered mostly in ice, and only animals and scientists live there.  We continued our study of Antarctica by taking a closer look at the animals that live there, specifically the different types of whales.

The children loved learning about blubber and got to experience “blubber” first hand through an experiment.  We put crisco into a plastic bag and lined it with another plastic bag to represent blubber.  The children put one hand in the crisco bag and into a tub of water while their other hand just went straight into the water.  They could feel how the “blubber” kept their hand a lot warmer than their bare hand.

 

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We have also talked about the two types of whales, toothed and baleen.  The toothed whales eat squid, fish, seals, penguins, and even other whales, while the baleen whales eat krill.  The children got to experiment with how baleen works to catch krill using a tub of water and pepper.  the pepper was sprinkled into the water to represent the krill.  We then used a wide combed clip to represent a toothed whale, to see if we could catch any krill.  It didn’t work very well!  A toothbrush was then used to represent a baleen whale.  When run through the water the toothbrush caught a lot of “krill” in its bristles!

The children have enjoyed learning about whales through these experiments as well as various coloring pages on our shelves.

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