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Hibernation, migration and adaptation, Pieter B. UPK students learn where animals sleep in the winter

young student looks at teacher, smiling as they cover hand in crisco oilIf you cover your hand with Crisco oil then submerge it in ice water, what do you learn? Pieter B. Coeymans Universal Pre-K students got their hands dirty, to answer this question. What they found out – this experiment shows how animals with blubber can survive frigid temperatures.

Students were happily engaged in various science experiments that showed how different animals survive during the winter.  Jennifer Fiske-Jaskolka, a Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk Middle School teacher and UPK mom, planned the tests for the students to teach about hibernation, migration and adaptation. The class also glued cotton balls above a bear cave, counted animals on a math sheet and were given a take-home book, Where do animals sleep in the Winter?