Let children listen to and sing along with Raffi's song, Baby Beluga (see video, see lyric and arrangement). Explain that this whale swims in the icy cold waters of the Arctic. Ask students how animals such as whales, seals, and penguins might stay warm in the cold Artic or Antarctic waters. Introduce the word "blubber" and explain that it is a thick layer of fat that helps keep these animals warm.
Invite students to try this experiment:
Ask Which hand gets cold faster? Explain that the shortening acts like the blubber in Arctic/Antarctic animals; it helps to keep them warm.
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