Tuesday, November 23, 2010

You've Got Monkey Feet! - Fun Science Activities

Hey LHS Kids is a science activities website for kids developed by the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley. Hey LHS Kids features some good activities for elementary school students. The activity that inspired the title of this post is Measure Yourself. Measure Yourself asks students to measure the size of their ears, feet, and overall height in centimeters. Students then plug those numbers into Measure Yourself and are shown a list of animals that have similar dimensions. I tried it and learned that my ears are almost as big as an armadillo's ears, my feet are longer than a bear's, and I'm taller than a grizzly bear walking on all four feet.

Thanks to Kristen Swanson for the link.

Applications for Education
Measure Yourself could be a fun way to introduce students to measurement using the metric system. The activity give students some familiar animals by which to gauge metric measurements. Overall, Hey LHS Kids offers a variety of similar activities that can be useful for introducing some basic science and math concepts to elementary school students.

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