Animals are Amazing!

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In this activity, learners use measurement concepts to make models of what their body parts might look like if they were a snake or a chameleon.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per student)

  • string or yarn
  • adding machine tape
  • paper
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • 2 meter sticks or yardsticks
  • calculator
  • red or pink crayons
  • scissors


  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Biodiversity
    • Evolution
    • Human Body
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
      • Systems
    • Number and Operations
      • Fractions
      • Multiples and Factors
      • Number Systems
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • , The Children's Museum of Houston, 2012

Funding Source:

  • ExxonMobil