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In this health activity (page 5 of the PDF), learners will explore a unique connection betweeen the bones of the body. By measuring various parts of their body, learners see first hand that proportions can be used to estimate these measurements. Although this activity was created as a previsit for workshop about the human body, it also makes an excellent stand-alone activity.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per group of students)

  • A 7 foot piece of rope (depending on learner height), knotted on one end
  • Hair clips or binder clips
  • A meter/yard stick or fabric tape measure
  • Vanity mirror


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Skeleton
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Crime Science


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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