Jump Start

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In this movement and measurement activity, learners jump as far as they can three times, and compare their longest jump to the longest jump of their friends, classmates and/or family members. Learnes also compare their jumps to the jumps of a grasshopper, rabbit, frog and kangaroo. This is a great activity for indoor recess or in combination with physical education activities, in addition to units on the human body and measurement.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 18

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • measuring tape, yard stick, or meter stick
  • masking tape


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
    • Human Body
      • Muscles and Skin
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Physical Activity
  • Sports and Exercise


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

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


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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