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2.3.2 Create a New "Antarctic Adaptable"


  • globe
  • Venn diagrams
  • construction paper
  • two empty toilet paper rolls
  • tissues
  • two empty cans
  • bucket of water
  • sand, art supplies
  • shoe box for each student
  • modeling clay or play dough


  1. As a class, make a Venn diagram to show the ways that penguins are different from and similar to other birds. Next, in smaller groups, make Venn diagrams showing how penguins are both different from and similar to seals, whales, fish, and other birds.
  2. Using ideas from the discussion about penguin adaptations and the Venn diagrams, have groups of students design an original marine animal that is also well-adapted for the cold
  3. Make a picture of the animal or model it from playdough or clay and place it in a shoe box diorama. Label unique features which help it adapt to the cold.
  4. Have students explain the rationale behind the design of their animals and habitats. Does it reflect earlier discussions?

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