Penguins, Antarctica and Climate Change

I read a book, Magic Tree House Merlin Mission #12. It was about how Jack and Annie go to Antarctica, they fall into a crack called crevasse, and then meet an Emperor Penguin who is wearing a crown. There were scientists who were trying to discover and research about many stuff. In school, we were learning about Sharing the planet. I thought I share the planet with Penguins and can find out more about them. I found out that some penguins are endangered. Also, I love animals and I want to help the world. I also like the cold season, so I thought Antarctica would be a good place to research about.

I started by asking the following questions about Penguins and Antarctica:
* What are species of penguins?
* What do they eat?
* How do they hunt for their food?
* How do they breathe underwater?
* Why do penguins waddle and walk?
* Where do they live?
* Why do they need so cold temperature? I saw penguins in Cape Town in South Africa. How did those penguins not need cold weather?
* How cold is Antarctica?

As I was doing research, I found out that climate change is impacting Antarctica! I wanted to find out more. I did research using Google, National Geographic, YouTube Videos, NASA Videos and Magic Tree House Fact Tracker Series about Antarctica. I put my findings into a Rhyming Poem about Penguins, an Acrostic Poem about Antarctica and showcased about Climate Change using an interactive video that I created using Scratch 3.0.

Poem about Penguins

In my research, I also learnt other facts about Penguins that are not in the poem. Penguins have webbed feet and short legs. So they waddle. Also, waddling helps them conserve energy and that is how they walk for 150 miles. I also learnt that Penguins have a thick layer of fat, thick skin and tightly packed feathers that keep them warm. Out of 18 species of Penguins, only 4 need cold weather. The rest 14 species can live in warm weather. The species in South Africa that I saw is called African Penguin. They don’t need cold weather. The ones in Antarctica have high body temperature so that it can keep them warm in cold weather.

Acrostic poem about Antarctica

I made an interactive video about Global Warming in Antarctica and what we can do about it. Click on the link below to check it out.

Interactive Video

I hope you enjoyed reading about it and will do the actions shared above. What other actions can we take? Write in the comments to share your thoughts.

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