Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Keeping Warm with Animal Adaptations

Objective:  To explore how structures and functions of animals allow them to survive in a particular environment

Third Graders learned about animal adaptions with the use ofGO Temp thermometer probes.  Discovery Go Temps are USB thermometers that collect data and display a temperature graph plotted in real time. After learning about animal adaptions, students investigated to see how structures help mammals survive in their particular environments.  The students used 2 soda cans. One was with material "fur".  Water was heated and poured into each can.  The Go Temps were place in the cans and the students were able to monitor the temperature graph on the digital projector.  The temperatures were viewed every 10 minutes for 30 minutes.  The students were able to see that "fur" helps an animal stay warmer than one with out fur