Student Activity Suggestions
Before doing the activity, have the students estimate the length of the line formed by all the students as they hold hands. Then have them estimate the:
- number of students it would take to equal the length of the classroom.
- number of students is would take to equal the perimeter of your classroom.
- number of students it would take to fill the area of your classroom, standing shoulder-to-shoulder.
- number of students it would take to make a chain one mile long.
- number of students it would take to "Hug" your school (perimeter).
After recording their estimation, do the actual measurement and have the students get the actual answers using their class data.
Students estimate how long it would take for a hand-squeeze to get around a circle of linked students. Perform this activity by:
- forming a large circle with students holding hands.
- designating a student to start the process by squeezing the person's hand next in line.
- when the student feels a hand squeeze, the student squeezes the next person's hand. This squeeze continues around the circle.
- Have the students estimate the time it takes to go in the other direction around the circle. Does it make a difference?
- If we don't reach across the country, how far does our hand-in-hand link reach? Use a map to have students figure out cities that may be linked.
In May, Jeannie will send participating classrooms the data we collect during the month of April. Your students might want to create a database of the information, creating fields to compare the lengths that came in from each state.
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