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Posted by Craig Hunter (huntcd@infinitytx.net).

West Texas Schools

West Texas Middle School, Stinnett, Texas

Materials Required: Tape measure

Activity Time: 40 minutes

Concepts Taught: It's good thing that people don't grow all of their lives!!

What if a Person Never Quit Growing??Materials necessary: a means for measuring students heights.

A scale for measuring the students weight.(optional)The main purpose of this activity is to get

the attention of twelve to fourteen year olds and cause their

brains to engage in a reasoning process. Also, maybe

they will figure out that it's a good thing that people

stop growing. If you're really lucky, the students

might even become interested in what causes a person

to stop growning!Step 1.

Each student should either find his/her weight or make

up a weight (there are always a few who are embarrased

about their weight.)Step 2. Each student should divide his/her weight by his/her

current age to find out the average weight gain per year.Step 3. Now that each student knows his/her average

weight gain per year, he/she can multiply it times a

projected age. This really gets hiliarous. Imagine

a student who weighs 120 pounds at age 12. This would

mean that the student will gain 10 pounds per year. At

age 70 the student would weigh 700 pounds.I ususally allow the students to project their weights

from ages 20 to 100.PART 2 Projecting Height

Use the same procedure as above, only have the students

use their current height and divide it by their age and multiply the

average height gain times the ages (20 to 100). It's really

handy to have a measuring tape taped to the wall so that

the students can find their height. Also, they can use

either inches or centimeters or both.QUESTIONS FOR THE ACTIVITIES

You can also throw in some questions like:"What adjustments would fast

food restraunts have to make if this were actually true?" There are

many situations that the students could write about. How about the

schools where the teachers are much older than the students? How about

at home, where the parents may be 20 feet tall while their children are

only three feet tall?? What about the clothing, eating utensils, beds,

comodes, chairs, doorways.................. you can really let your

imagination run away with this one.