of a Feather Flock Together. . .
Have you noticed that animals—from cows in a pasture to birds on a wire—maintain space around each other? People do it too. We call it personal space, and scientists call it individual distance. Notice the spacing between the robins in these pictures. What do you think the individual distance between robins is?
1. Get with a partner and stand six feet apart.
2. Take tiny steps towards each other until you no longer feel comfortable getting closer.
3. Now measure the distance apart. This measurement is your personal space.
4. After everyone figures their personal space, calculate the average "personal space" for kids in your class.