During their Animal Adaptation and Behavior unit in Science, 4th grade students discovered how different body coverings help animals adapt to the cold. In a STEM activity, students were given, buckets of ice water, cups, thermometers, and various real and simulated animal body coverings such as feathers, fur, cotton and lard.
Students made predictions as to which body covering they thought would keep an animal the warmest. They tested the temperature of the ice water then placed the various animal coverings inside the cups, placed the cups in the ice water and tested the temperature inside the cups. The students then recorded their results and compared the results of the different body coverings. They then compared their results with their classmate’s results.