Long creatures

A thinking mathematically context for practise focussed on comparing and ordering length

Adapted from NRICH


Syllabus outcomes and content descriptors from Mathematics K-10 Syllabus © NSW Education Standards Authority (NESA) for and on behalf of the Crown in right of the State of New South Wales, 2021


  • MAO-WM-01 
  • MAE-GM-02

Collect resources

You will need:

  • cardboard (cut into thin strips)
  • craft materials
  • pencils or markers
  • your mathematics workbook.


  • Fold the strips into different lengths.
  • Decorate your cardboard strips to help them come to life!
  • Order your creatures from the shortest to tallest (for example).
  • Draw your creatures in your mathematics workbook.


  • Do you agree with this way of ordering from tallest to shortest.
  • Explain why or why not?

More instructions

    • Choose your shortest creature and one of your longer creatures.
    • How many short creatures are needed to be the same height as the taller creature?
    • Draw a picture to show you measuring how tall the creature is that you just measured.


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