Geographic concepts allow for the exploration of relationships and connections between people and both natural and cultural environments.
In JK, we find it important to begin introducing the girls to geographic concepts beyond their everyday scope. Over the past few weeks, we have been investigating and researching to learn more about our Earth and the North and South Poles. The girls curiosity of the poles led them to have many questions about the people and animals that live in the colder climates. To investigate further, we read several books and watched videos to get a better understanding of how these animals survive.
How is a polar animal unique?
Their skin has thick layers to keep them warm. -Mazee
The arctic birds crouch down in the snow to stay warm. - Nora Cait
The Arctic fox wraps up with his tail to stay warm. - Lizzie
Why does a penguin have wings if it can't fly?
So he can balance.- Amelia
It needs them to swim. - Elle
Bears don't have to wear jackets with buttons and zippers because they have their own coat. Their own coat is their fur. -Brianne
Arctic Scientists at Work
To test just how well a polar bears fat keeps them warm, we did our very own experiment. We put Crisco in a bag then placed another bag down inside of it. We put our bag in ice water, then each girl had the opportunity to place her hand in the Crisco bag and they compared how the ice felt versus how it felt when we had our hand in the Crisco.
Everyone says with the "polar bear fat", it doesn't even feel that cold!
Applying our knowledge
What do you know about our Earth?
There is more water on the earth than land. -Zayhah
Polar bears live at North Pole and the penguins live in the south Pole.