Description

Overview

Students will engage in a hands-on activity to help them consider what students in a tropical climate do to prepare for recess compared with students who live in the interior of Alaska.

Objectives

Students will:

  • Compare what students in a tropical climate do to prepare for recess with students who live in the interior of Alaska.
  • Learn several consequences caused by sub zero temperatures.
  • Create awareness that people are able to prepare for a cold environment by adding layers of clothes.

Lesson Preparation

Prepare materials by cutting out paper dolls and clothes either with or without student assistance. See Resource section. Have students work in small groups of 1-3. Give each group an envelope that contains a doll with clothes to dress in a tropical climate, a list of the clothes, and a pencil.

Procedure

Ask students if they have ever spent time outside where it is really cold. How cold? What did they do differently from playing outside at their school? Tell students to dress their Polar Barbie or Arctic Bob for their noon recess. As they put the clothes on the doll, they need to check them off the list. Have the students work in small groups or 2-3.

Now Read Recess at 20 Below by Cindy Lou Aillaud (Alaska Northwest Books). Emphasize dressing in layers, putting on mittens LAST, freezing breath, sticking tongues to metal (What would YOU do?) When is the brightest part of their day?

Have the students take the tropical clothes off their doll. As they take off the clothes they need to slip the paper clothes back into the envelope, as they do that, they need to check the clothing item off the list. Go around to the tables and collect the envelopes from the students. Next give each group an envelope that contains paper clothing for cold weather. Tell students to dress their doll as they would have to dress for cold weather. Tell them to count the pieces of clothes they would have to wear for cold weather recess. Have them compare the list of clothes that they wore for a tropical climate. The paper layers should be underwear, long underwear tops and bottoms, socks, sweater and pants, snow pants optional, shoes, parka, hat and mittens.

Take a balloon and blow it up. Ask for a volunteer. Have them rub the balloon against their hair or top. Now show the students how the balloon is attracted to hair, clothes, the wall. Talk a little bit about static electricity and how it is enhanced by super cold temperatures.

Summarize by asking the students to compare dressing for cold weather with how they dress for recess.

Extension

n/a

Resources

There are a variety of online resources for paper dolls and clothing. Here is one option: http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/paper_dolls.htm Alternatively you could use Barbie or similar dolls with dress-up clothes.

Assessment

n/a

Credits

Maggie Prevenas, mprevenas [at] polartrec.com

Documents

Standards

  • K-4
  • Content Standard B: Physical Science:
  • Content Standard C: Life Science:
  • Content Standard F: Science In Personal and Social Perspectives:
  • a. Properties of objects and materials
  • c. Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism
  • c. Organisms and environments
  • a. Personal health

Resource Details

Author(s): Maggie Prevenas

Materials

  • Polar Barbie and Arctic Bob (Paper dolls)
  • Paper clothes for tropical and sub zero temperatures in separate envelopes
  • Lists of each envelope's contents
  • Pencils
  • “Recess at 20 Below” by Cindy Lou Aillaud (Alaska Northwest Books)
  • Balloon

Region

Arctic

Completion time

Less than 1 period

Grade Level

Elementary and Up

Permission

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Topic

Archaeology and Anthropology | Language & Communication | Subsistence | Human Evolution | Life Science | Organisms and Their Environments | Regulation and Behavior | Physical Science | General Physical Science