Subject: measurements

I am a kindergarten teacher and mother of a 6th grader who wants to do a science project on the correlations of body part measurements. We heard this on the radio and it sparked our interest, but now I cannot find any information about it. Examples are: your height is supposed to equal the distance from fingertip to fingertip when your arms are outstretched. Your foot size is supposed to equal the distance from your wrist to your elbow.

Please help me find more information on this topic.

Thanks! (I've spent hours searching through old school (teacher) files and on the internet!


The best I can do is to add one more example to your list. This is that your neck circumference is approximately twice your wrist circumference. One place where you might get further information is by talking to someone who teaches art. Anyone who draws figures must have to keep body parts in the correct proportions.
   The two examples that you gave and the one that I added probably have some validity for mature bodies. It would be interesting for your 6th grader to do the correlation study for adults and for children of his or her own age and see if the results are different.


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