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Measure Yourself

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Measure Yourself

In this online activity, learners measure aspects of their bodies in centimeters, then electronically submit data on their measurement. They can then compare their measurements to the lengths of equivalent body parts of other animals. Their ears are compared to a bat, a mouse, a sea lion, and a gorilla; their feet to a raccoon, coyote, anteater, and deer; and their height to a bat, hamster, mouse or jackrabbit. There is a link to a page with more activities.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • computer
  • Internet connection
  • tape measure


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Human Body
  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Gathering Data

Informal Categories

  • Animals


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



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