Presentation on theme: "Homeschool Web Activity December 2012 Houston Zoo"— Presentation transcript:
1Homeschool Web Activity December 2012 Houston Zoo Baby, It Is Cold Outside!Homeschool Web ActivityDecember 2012Houston Zoo
2Temperature DropsThere are many places on Earth with extreme temperature dropsHigh up in the mountains in the upper elevations, temperatures dropAs you get closer to the poles of the Earth, the temperatures dropAnd even the deeper you go into the oceans, the temperatures drop
3Braving the ElementsThere are many animals that are capable of braving the elements at these extreme cold temperaturesThese animals have special adaptations that help them contend with the cold
4MammalsSome of the animals that live in colder temperatures are mammalsRemember that mammals:Are endothermicHave hairGive birth to live offspringFeed their offspring milk
5Bundled-Up MammalsThe mammals that call these chilly temperatures home have some pretty neat survival gear!
6Bundled-Up Mammals!The snow leopards that live up in the Himalayan mountains have a thick, dense coat to keep them warm. They even have furry soles of their feet to protect their paw pads from the cold rocky surface.
7Bundled-Up MammalsPolar bears have stark white fur covering their body that allows them to camouflage with the snow and ice and the fur also provides the bear with insulation. Underneath their white fur, they have black skin that soaks up the suns heat.
8Bundled-Up MammalsWe have learned about the snow leopards who live in the cold temperatures up in the mountains.We have learned about the polar bears who live in the cold temperatures in near the poles.But what about the mammals who live in the cold temperatures of the ocean depths?
9Marine MammalsThe mammals that call the ocean depths home have very unique adaptations.One of the most important adaptations for living in the cold water is the presence of blubber!
10BLUBBER! Blubber is B.E.S.T! To help us remember all the ways blubber helps marine mammals, just remember the saying “Blubber is B.E.S.T”!BLUBBER!
11Blubber is B.E.S.T!Blubber helps keep the marine mammal Buoyant
12Blubber is B.E.S.T!Blubber helps give the marine mammals extra Energy
13Blubber is B.E.S.T!Blubber helps the marine mammals stay Streamlined
14Blubber is B.E.S.T!Blubber provides the marine mammals with Thermoregulation
15Blubber is B.E.S.T!Blubber is one of the special adaptations that marine mammals have to live in the cold ocean depths.Animals like whales, sea lions, and walruses all have blubber.
16Try It Out!We have discussed different ways mammals brave the colder temperatures and how blubber helps marine mammals.Now it is your turn to get a first-hand feel of what it would be like to have a protective layer of blubber.