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Are you a Square or a Rectangle?


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Are you a Square or a Rectangle?

In this activity, learners investigate whether more people are squares or rectangles. People with similarly sized heights and arm spans are classified as squares. People with different sized heights and arm spans are known as rectangles. Learners measure and analyze the body shapes of family and friends.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • meter stick or measuring tape

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
      • Skeleton
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
      • Patterns
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Measurement
      • Size and Scale
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations
      • Communicating Results

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, WGBH Educational Foundation, ©2002

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0229796
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
  • PBS

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