Science – Measuring Whales

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I’ve never actually seen a whale (other than on TV), so when my science kids measured out a Blue Whale, all I could think of was how incredibly BIG it is!  I had a ball of bright orange yarn, and on a nice day, we went out into the parking lot.  I had one child stand at the beginning of the yarn, and the rest measured out the appropriate feet.  Then I had them lay down head-to-feet (or as close as possible) to see how we measured up!  We did this for the Blue Whale, the Orca, and the Baluga.

This was the start of our measuring for the blue whale.

This was the start of our measuring for the blue whale.

The other end of the yarn.

The other end of the yarn.

 

After measuring 115 feet, all the kids laid down, head-to-feet (well, with semi-truck gaps).

After measuring 115 feet, all the kids laid down, head-to-feet (well, with semi-truck gaps).  See the ball at the bottom of the picture?

The girls decided to be the 30-ft killer whale.

The girls decided to be the 30-ft killer whale.

Here are the boys, measuring out the 15-ft Beluga whale.

Here are the boys, measuring out the 15-ft Beluga whale.

 

 

 

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