The Cat That Counts

by Laura Overdeck

cat-fitbit-chartHave you ever wondered how many steps you – or your pets – take in a day? Well, a guy named Pearce strapped a Fitbit onto his cat, Java, to count the kitty’s steps. This picture has a yellow line for each 15-minute chunk of the day, showing how many steps were taken. What do you think your step picture would look like?

Wee ones: Point to the 2 tallest bars, showing the times when Java walked the most.

Little kids: What gray number is below the tallest bar on the left? At about what time was Java really moving? (Hint: The 00 is midnight!)  Bonus: Java also ran around from 6:00 in the morning till about 10:00 in the morning. About how many hours long was that stretch?

Big kids: If Java takes 200 steps every 15 minutes, how many steps does he take in 1 hour?  Bonus: Java takes about 6,000 steps a day. If you take 2 1/2 times as many , how many steps does that make for you?

Wee ones: Point to the 2 tallest bars! One is over on the left, and one closer to the middle.

Little kids: 04, which is 4:00 in the morning. Not sleepy!  Bonus: About 4 hours.

Big kids: 800 steps in an hour.  Bonus: 15,000 steps.

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