Friday, January 28, 2011

Polar Bear blubber experiment

Another day home with my toddler. His cold is coming to an end I hope, but in the meantime, I can get a lot done during nap time. It is nice to have an extra day with my boy. :)

To illustrate how polar bears stay warm in the icy waters of the Arctic, we do the classic blubber experiment. This year one of my goals for myself is to make my science curriculum more inquiry based. So, I came up with this "scientific recording sheet" for my students. I like it make it sound official. :) I used a similar one for a few experiments that I did earlier in the year and it worked well. I'm trying to get the kids used to using the scientific process, even if the end result of the experiment may seem obvious.

You can download it here.


  1. I love all your science ideas. Keep them coming. Thanks for sharing.

  2. This is an adorable activity, but did you know that polar bears do NOT have blubber?

    Perhaps in future activities, this could be redesigned to feature whales, seals, or walruses?

    1. Unfortunately, you have miss information. Polar Bears do have blubber. Wikipedia is probably not the best place to consult when discovering facts.

  3. According to Sea World, they do have blubber.

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  5. I just love your scientific experiment sheets that have children work through the process! Believe me, the end result of the experiment is rarely obvious to my kiddos. :) I've seen your apple, living/nonliving, groundhog shadows, and polar bear sheets. Would you happen to have more? Maybe in your TpT store? I'd love to do at least one a month with my students just to give them practice working through the scientific process as they explore their world!

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