Star Wars Day

Your classroom has been visited by a giant wookiee. He has left only his hand print on the white board.

Estimate the length of his hand without measuring it.

Based on this make an estimate of the wookiee's:


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  • Ross Roberton, International Sch Of Luxembourg
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  • We cant believe this has such a low rating. We loved it!
    Luxembourg.
  • Mr Berry, Star Primary School
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  • Amazing Maths Starter of the Day.
  • Mr Bell's Class,
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  • It was like good to get your brain working!
    It wasn't like boring!
    The size of the hand compared to others is like freaky!
    It's quite fun; it's a different kind of activity.
    It's fun but you've got to be good at maths.
    It was REEM!
  • Jez, 9 Ma/6
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  • Some of us really enjoyed it. We thought it was fun We think
    (Height-12 feet/4metres)
    (weight- 50-60 stone)
    (Shoe length- 2feet/60cm)
    Drinks 12L per day).
  • Dr P, Year 10 @BISB
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  • We have between height 2.2 and 2.3 meters
    We got a weight of 130 kg plus/minus 5
    Shoe Length 48 in EU measure
    Drinks 4.5 litres
    My students really enjoyed this one. Thanks May 4th. ).
  • Abbie,
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  • This was Awesome. May the 4th be with you.
  • Mrs Pimmple, Class 6Pimmple
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  • Our class struggled at the start but got it in the end!

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Answers

The answers will depend on how large the image of the hand print is on your whiteboard. Answers can be generated based on the actual length of the handprint (tip of middle finger to the opposite edge of the print):

Length of hand on your whiteboard: cm

Here are the estimates of the size of the wookiee:

The estimates are based on the following statistics of an average man:

Hmmm! How did he get into your classroom?

Enlargement

Note to teacher: This diagram might help explain why a 2 fold increase in dimensions leads to an 8 fold increase in volume.



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Teacher, do your students have access to computers?
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Whether your students each have a TabletPC, a Surface or a Mac, this activity lends itself to eLearning (Engaged Learning).

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