Track Your Growth

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    < 1 hour

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    A Little Messy

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Question and Wonder:

  • How many of your hands fit within one foot on the ruler? What about your feet?
  • If you made a chain of paperclips as long as you are tall, how many paperclips would you need? How many will you have to add each week? Month? Year?
  • Can you stack you blocks as tall as you? How many did it take?
  • How much are you growing everyday? How can you measure it?

Decide how tall you want your chart to be – as tall as you think you will get?, as tall as your dad or mom? brother or sister? Tape together the number of pages you need to make it that tall. Decorate your chart.

Have your parent or caregiver help you put it on the wall and start measuring!

Imagine and Design:

  • What unit of measurement will you use on your chart? Feet? Inches? Teddy bears? Candy canes?
  • Where is the best place to hang your chart?
  • How will your mark your progress? Stickers? Pencil marks?

Mark your growth predictions on the chart. Each month, measure how much you have grown.

Test and Discuss:

  • When you have reached your predicted height, mark the date.
  • Were your predictions correct?
  • How long did it take for you to grow to each mark? Can you use that information to make more predictions?
  • What other ways are you growing? How can you tell?
  • What other things grow?

Did you Know?

Every time you go to the doctor, they will measure how tall you are and how much you weigh. From these numbers, they will figure out if you are growing at the appropriate rate. All of us grow at different rates because we are all different! How quickly are you growing?

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