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Kanga-Who in the Fast Lane??

by Laura Overdeck

Kangaroos are those big bouncy animals from Australia. A surprising fact about kangaroos is that they have a pocket, even though they never wear pants. But even more surprising is that they can turn up in Alabama, a state in the southern U.S.! People spotted this kangaroo, named Jack, bouncing along the road in Winfield, Alabama. It was staying at a farm there on its way to a zoo in Tennessee, another state. Maybe Jack just got tired of waiting, and decided to hop to it!

Wee ones: Can you hop forward on both feet like a kangaroo? Hop forward 3 times!

Little kids: A kangaroo has 2 big legs and 2 teeny legs. If you take Jack for a walk, how many legs do you have altogether? Bonus: A car is about 15 feet long – and Jack can jump 10 feet farther. How far can Jack jump?

Big kids: Kangaroos can easily hop 15 miles per hour. How long would it take Jack to travel the 75 miles to the Tennessee state border at that speed? Bonus: How much longer would it take him if he hopped along at only 10 miles per hour?
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Answers:
Wee ones: Count as you hop: 1, 2, 3!

Little kids: 6 legs. Bonus: 25 feet.

Big kids: 5 hours. Bonus: It would take 2 1/2 hours longer, because it would take 7 1/2 hours total.

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