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Surviving Winter

Title Surviving Winter
Audience 7th Grade
Offered January - February
Length Varies

Preparing for this Class

  • Students need to be prepared to be outside for one class period.  Please stress the need for proper winter attire, including boots for hiking to collect outdoor temperature data.
  • A Quarry Hill staff member will come to your classroom the afternoon before the class begins to set up the indoor stations associated with this class. (Countertop/table space is needed for 6 stations as well as floor space for 6 buckets of ice water.)

Class Description

This class is held in your classroom and adjacent outside school property over a 2 day period. Each day, half of each class section will be outside for most of the period collecting temperature and other data. During this outside portion, students will learn how various animals survive winter and will also collect temperatures and wind speed to determine the present wind chill. During the time students are indoors, they will learn about core and extremity body temperatures and experience in part what hypothermia feels like when they immerse one arm into a bucket of icy water for 1-2 minutes.During the first day, students will also take part in an experiment to test whether cotton or wool socks are better insulators. During wrap up on the second day, results from this sock experiment will be discussed.

Correlation to MN Science Standards

  1. (Plan and ) conduct a controlled experiment to test a hypothesis about a relationship between two variables, ensuring one variable is systematically manipulated, the other is measured and recorded, and any other variables are kept the same (controlled). (
  2. Generate a scientific conclusion from an investigation, clearly distinguishing between results (evidence) and conclusions (explanation). (
  3. Evaluate explanations proposed by others by examining and comparing evidence, identifying faulty reasoning, and suggesting alternative explanations. (
  4. Determine and use appropriate safety procedures, tools, measurements, graphs and mathematical analyses to describe and investigate natural and designed systems in a life science context. (

Science Vocabulary






Wind Chill

*denotes a Quarry Hill vocabulary word

Classroom Extension