A Baby That’s Taller Than You

Giraffes are the tallest animals in the world, standing 16 to 18 feet high. That’s more than twice as high as your bedroom ceiling! The fuzzy baby giraffe here is way bigger than you think, too. She was born already 6 feet tall! Also, we humans are 9, 12, or even 18 months old when we learn to walk – but in the video this baby giraffe takes her first steps when she’s only 2 minutes old!

Wee ones: If the baby giraffe is 6 feet tall and the mama is 18 feet tall, which giraffe is shorter?

Little kids: If a 6-foot baby giraffe has a mama who’s 10 feet taller, how tall is the mama giraffe?  Bonus: How much taller does the mama need to be to eat leaves 20 feet above the ground?

Big kids: If the baby giraffe was born at 7:40 pm and had walked exactly 1/2 hour later, at what time would that have been?  Bonus: Grown-up giraffes weigh a lot: the mama giraffes weigh about 1,800 pounds, while the dad giraffes weigh 3,500. Do 2 mama giraffes together weigh more or less than a daddy giraffe?

The sky’s the limit: If a giraffe’s patches are all perfect pentagons or hexagons, with equal numbers of each shape, and together they have 660 sides, how many of each shape patch does the giraffe have?

Wee ones: The baby giraffe is shorter.

Little kids: 16 feet.  Bonus: 4 feet taller.

Big kids: At 8:10 pm.  Bonus: They weigh more, but only by a little bit (3,600 pounds).

The sky’s the limit: 60 of each. Each pentagon-hexagon pair has 11 sides total, so to make 660 sides, there must be 60 sets of them.

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