Winter 2010 Hibernation
Animals adapt to wintery conditions in variety of ways. Hibernation is a great solution for animals that are unable to migrate, find sufficient food, or regulate their body temperature. Many students are already familiar with hibernation in groundhogs, bats and other mammals, so in this issue of Conservationist for Kids (C4K) we have chosen to focus on cold-blooded animals. Information about mammalian hibernation abounds, so only minimal reference is made to it here-simply to help put hibernation in a context students are already familiar with.
Insects, reptiles and amphibians have some fascinating takes on hibernation, sure to excite young minds. From antifreeze to freezing solid, there is great variation. A blanket of snow is also an important factor for the success of hibernating animals to survive extreme cold. Hibernation studies can be extended to include looking at the insulation qualities of snow, as described in this teacher supplement.
MST Curriculum Connections
The activity on The Outside Page of this issue of C4K correlates to the New York State Learning Standards for Math, Science and Technology for fourth grade, as shown below. Connections to other learning standards are also valid.
Snow Flea Safari: MST4. The Living Environment 1, 3, 6
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