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Love the author's tip to bring in a grapefruit the day you do this activity. I had no idea a humpback's eye is the size of a grapefruit.
Activity Name: A Math Activity - How Big is a Humpback Whale?
Activity Description: Using rope or masking tape and yardsticks and rulers, the children measure and outline a humpbackʼs 16-foot long and 4-foot wide flipper, its 18-foot wide tail and its entire 50-foot long body. Students can compare the size of the whale or its flippers and tail to familiar objects that they know such as a bicycle, car, school bus or their own body! This will help them appreciate the enormous size of the humpback whale featured in the book. If possible, bring in a large grapefruit on the day the class is doing this. This is the approximate size of a humpbackʼs eye!
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