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How “Statuesque” Is Your Child?

Compare your child's height with that of the Statue of Liberty. Dividing with decimals makes it easy to do.

What You Need:

  • Meter stick or metric ruler (or yardstick or inch ruler)
  • Pencil and paper (OK to use a calculator instead)

What You and Your Child Will Do:

  1. The Statue of Liberty is 33.9 meters tall from head to toe. Ask your child, “About how many meters taller is the Statue of Liberty than you are?”
  2. Measure your child to the nearest tenth of a meter. Or, if you need to measure in customary units, do so. Then multiply to convert inches to meters this way:
          (number of inches) x 0.0254 = (number of meters)
  3. Using his or her height in meters, have your child suggest the way to find how many times taller the Statue is. (He or she will say to simply divide the Statue's height by his or her own!)
    For example: Suppose a child is approximately 1.25 meters (49 inches) tall.
33.9 ÷ 1.25 = 27.0The Statue of Liberty is 27.1 times taller than the child!