How do humans and animals keep warm in the Arctic? KS2 Science

In this lesson students investigate the insulating properties of materials and consider how the adaptations of Arctic organisms help develop these.

The context of the lesson is helping to develop new clothing for Tyler Fish, one of the Catlin Arctic Survey explorers.

This full lesson contains:

Slideshow 4: How do humans and animals keep warm in the arctic?
Lesson Overview and Teacher Guidance
Activity Overview 4: Investigating insulating materials
Student Sheet 4a: Investigating insulating materials
Student Sheet 4b: Scientific poster template
Student Sheet 4c: Scientific poster template (advanced)
Student Sheet 4d: Blubber gloves

It forms Lesson 4 of 5 from the Frozen Oceans 7-11 unit of work. Take your class to the North Pole with this cross-curricular investigation of the Arctic Ocean. The lessons progress to cover varied topics and skills needed for a science research expedition in the polar regions. Themes include Arctic food webs, training like an explorer, expedition food, insulation and clothing, the impacts of melting ice and conducting a press conference. The lessons can also be combined into a Polar Challenge Day. All lessons and resources are available from Encounter Edu’s TES profile.


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  • Student-Sheet-4a-Investigating-insulating-materials-FO711XC.pdf
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  • Student-Sheet-4c-Advanced-Scientific-poster-template-FO711XC.pdf

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Created: Mar 9, 2016

Updated: Jan 8, 2020

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