Spring into Science

Spring has arrived! This is the time of year for animals to come out of hibernation. If  you have not studied about the different animals that hibernate in your homeschooling yet, now could be a great time to learn. I have always found it interesting that animals are able to survive for so long, asleep. For example, did you know that if blood is taken from a hibernating ground squirrel in the winter and then injected into an active squirrel in the spring time, that active squirrel will actually go into hibernation. Why? Apparently, scientists have found a special substance in the blood of hibernating animals called HIT (Hibernation Inducement Trigger). There are so many more interesting facts about hibernating animals. This is a perfect study to add to your 5th grader’s science lessons (;

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