Activity 5B : Measuring Up Extension: Flexibility Tests & Data Management Suggestions

Taking body measurements is one important component in both pediatric and geriatric evaluations. The measurements are used to indicate growth or debilitating conditions. Provide each student with a body measurement diagram, along with metric tape measure and meter sticks. In the classroom there should be one bathroom scale and a growth chart.
In pairs have the students help each other measure the parts illustrated on the body diagram and record their findings. Students can determine height and weight, using the scale and growth chart in the room.
Note 1: To determine functional reach, have students stand at a 90 degree angle to the wall, with their left shoulder near the wall, with both feet together. Horizontally on the wall, there is to be a chart marked off in centimeter units (or a meter stick taped to the wall). Ask the student to extend their left arm so it is parallel to the floor. Record the number that aligns with the tip of their middle finger. This becomes your starting measurement. Keep the arm parallel to the floor and ask the student to lean as far forward as they can without falling over. Record that number. Subtract the starting measurement from the ending measurement. This number represents the functional reach.
Note 2: To determine hand span, have students take their left hand and spread their fingers out as far as they can, laying the pinkie at the beginning of the meter stick and pressing the thumb down the meter stick as far as they can reach.
Students can keep this measurement chart in their binders for future use. 

Extension Activities
Flexibility Tests:
As a possible extension activity, have students check for flexibility by having students bend forward and touch their toes, reach behind their back and clap their hands, touch their knee to their chest, etc. Ask your P.E. coach for additional flexibility tests.
Data Management Suggestions

  1. Frequency distributions
  2. Mean, median, mode
  3. Gender/age differences
  4. Information could be used in “Ideal Weight Calculations,” “Waist to Hip Ratios,” or “Body Plans”
  5. Comparing personal growth through the school year
  6. Functional reach graphed against height



Data comparison, body change, body ratio, pattern


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Unit Reference: 
A Look at Me
Lesson Reference: 
Lesson 5: Aging and Body Changes