WHICH IS THE LONGEST OF THEM ALL?
In this Web Quest your child will discover and compare the lengths of
different animals, using data they find on the Internet. Your child will
be responsible for choosing and creating a graph to display the data.
- Discuss with your child different animal groups (mammal, amphibian
and reptile, bird, fish, and insect). Together, name as many of each
group as you can think of. Place the animals discussed in the Student
Introduction in the correct group. Ask your child what kind of animal
they might measure using each of the units of measurements. Have your
child explain his or her choices.
- The following websites are some of many sites you can use to find
information on animals:
Canadian Museum of Nature
Toronto Metro Zoo
Have your child choose 5 different animals based on the information
provided in the Student section of this Web Quest. While your child
is reading about the different animals, ask them questions related
to the lengths of animals.
"The raccoon is ______ cm long. Could you describe
its length using a different unit of measurement?"
"The _____is 1.5 m long and the _____ is 160 cm long.
Which one is longer?"
- Once your child has chosen his or her 5 animals, have him or her record
the data on The
Animal Group Fact Sheet .
- Have your child choose what type of graph he or she wants to use to
display the data. Explore the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
Discuss what type of scale would be best to use.
- After the graph is completed, ask your child if the graph shows which
animal is the longest. Have your child think of 2 other questions that
his or her graph answers.
As an extension to this activity, encourage could your child to measure
the length of your pets or objects around the house using different units
of measurement. They could then compare them to the animals studied in
this Web Activity.
Your child should be familiar with the following vocabulary:
scale, axis, bar graph, pictograph, circle graph, data, legend, centimetre,
decimetre, millimetre, and length.