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Keeping Warm When it is Cold: How does a polar bear keep warm?
Adaptation in Nature

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Students who are not familiar with the Arctic climate and having seen photographs of polar bears may think that the polar bear has only white fur and that the hairs are just white, not hollow for insulation. If students are not familiar with color as an adaptation in nature, the students may have misconceptions about how this parcticular animal keeps warm.

Resources and Reference Materials

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  • http://www.seaworld.org/infobooks/PolarBears/home.html
  • http://www.utmsi.utexas.edu/people/staff/dunton/k12/index.htm
  • http://www.srh.noaa.gov/


  • Here is the Arctic Winter by Madeline Dunphy
  • More Science Through Children's Literature: An Integrated Approach by Carol and John Butzow
  • The Magic School Bus in the Arctic: A Book About Heatby Joanna Cole
  • My Home is the Polar Regions: Who AmI? by Valerie Traqui
  • Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?by Bill Martin
  • Polar Bears by Gail Gibbons

    (A very good resource for object inquiry and questioning is from the American Museum of Natural History Learning Science Through Inquiry workshop 3/Appendix)

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