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Just how BIG is a walrus anyway?

We read that a walrus can grow to be up to 12 feet long and that his tusks can be 3 feet long.
The kids weren't quite as impressed by this info. as I was so I decided that we should make a life size walrus so that they could see just how BIG that actually is.
The walrus was so big that we had to hang him in the lunchroom.  

In the middle of the walrus is all of the information that we learned about walruses.
As I was uploading the pictures I realized that on one of the post it notes I wrote their instead of there.
GASP!  I hope no one notices it before I can get to school and change it.  That's what happens when you are trying to write really fast so that the littles don't start swinging from the light fixtures! ;)
And now I'm realizing that I must be really tired because their is in fact correct.
Sorry y'all!

Here's  a picture of how we measured out 12 feet.
We used a yard stick to measure each kid and then we figured out which kids we could add together to equal the length of a walrus.

Excuse the terrible pictures.  I forgot my camera today and my phone doesn't quite do the trick!


  1. cute! I'm sure they loved that!
    Kickin' it in Kindergarten

  2. I love this!! I do something similar when I teach dinosaurs.

    Mrs. Pauley's Kindergarten

  3. I love the visual - such a fantastic way to make it real for the students. Thanks for sharing :)

    The Brown-Bag Teacher

  4. I'm beginning my Arctic unit next Monday too! Such a fun unit and great way to make the long winter days a bit more exciting.

  5. Great visuals! I am so envious of your wall space! I just used the last 3 feet of mine for an anchor chart on groundhogs!
    Have a great weekend!

  6. My Gr4-6 Montessori class in South Africa loved your huge walrus on the wall. They want me to make something similar for our wall.

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  15. What a cute unit. I love the way the kids used their bodies to measure! Renee

  16. Hi Deanna, I love your ideas & will definitely be doing this with my students! Thank you for sharing!
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  17. Hi! We are so excited to begin your Arctic Animals unit. We completed our *Schema* on Friday, and can't wait for the *New Learning* to begin! Thank you for so many wonderful ideas!!

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