The Giraffe With the Longest Neck

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The giraffe with the longest neck had a neck so long that it could spin around a tree three times and eat an apple from the other side. The giraffe with the longest neck had a neck so long that it could see right behind itself … and talk to it’s own tail. Before long, the neck was in knots and it took the giraffe hours to unravel itself. Having a neck in knots can stop you doing all kinds of girafffe – like things, such as bending over backwards to see a rhinocerous or giving an elephant a peck on the cheek. With a neck in knots, it is no longer possible to do giraffe shopping … like finding the best palm leaves in the jungle … or catching coconuts when they fall. Giraffes with knots in their necks have lots of trouble becoming untied … they get themselves in all kinds of knotty trouble. Before long, everything in the giraffe’s world was knotted up, too. All the creepers in the jungle … and every animal at the zoo. The giraffe with the longest neck was soon strung along with the seals and the lions, the tigers also had all of their tails knitted together. The snakes, usually coiled up asleep, were soon strung along and completely strung up … The giraffe with the longest neck had so many other animals knotted up that it took a whole week to unravel them.

Activity
Complete the story … what else could the giraffe with his longest neck use his long neck for

giraffe-2.jpg Giraffe Maths Activity

giraffe-2.jpg Can you count the number of spots on the giraffe if there were 243 spots and 23 giraffes ?

giraffe-2.jpg The giraffe with the longest neck had a neck three times it’s 4.5 cm body – how long is that ?

giraffe-2.jpg It ate 345 apples from 34 trees – how many apples is that ?

giraffe-2.jpg It’s tail was 23 cm long, it’s body 56 cm and it’s neck 67 cm long – in total, how long was the giraffe ?

giraffe-2.jpg Each coconut tree had 432 coconuts and there were 234 trees – how many coconuts is that in total ?

© Jacqueline Richards 2005

Answers
243 x 23 = 5 589; 4.5 x 3 = 135; 345 x 34 = 11730; 23 + 56 + + 67 = 146; 432 x 234 = 101 088

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