We did a science experiment to learn how some animals adapt and some get ready to hibernate by eating a lot to get nice and fat. We each took a turn plunging our hands into ice water to represent how cold an animal would be in the winter if they didn't have fat to keep them warm. Then, we each took a turn wearing a glove insulated with fat (crisco) and again plunged our hand into the ice water. It was amazing to see that we couldn't feel any cold at all when our hand was insulated!
We learned a lot about hibernation, and made caves for our teddy bears to hibernate in,
and we played a Penguin Relay game where we had to waddle like a penguin with a ball between our legs after learning about Arctic animals.
On Friday, we had our Hibernation party, and, of course, came dressed for sleep in our pajamas. It was fun to have our teddy bears at school with us and we each had a turn to introduce our special friend.
We finished our caves by decorating them with snow, then put our bears to sleep for the winter.
We walked like bears then crawled into our "cave" to hibernate. We had fun listening to some fun bear books while we hibernated :) When the room got very warm and the "sun" got bright, we woke up from hibernation and sniffed aroud the classroom for food as we were VERY hungry from not eating all winter!
This was definitely a day we'll remember!