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Robert Wadlow is recorded as being the tallest person in the world, 8 feet 11 inches, but there is one person recorded in the Bible being 6 cubits and a span which is about 10½ feet tall. His name is Goliath of Gath, a Philistine. You can read about him in 1 Samuel chapter 17. Robert Pershing Wadlow was born, educated and buried in Alton, Illinois. His height of 8' 11" qualifies him as the tallest person in modern history, as recorded in the Guinness Book of Records. At the time of his death he weighed 490 pounds. By the time he was 8 years old his height had reached 6 feet. Visit the web site below for some more good photos of Robert Wadlow and lots more information about where he lived and his family.

Robert Pershing Wadlow

Jeff Saxton photo of Robert Wadlows statue

This Photo was kindly donated by: Jeff Saxton. Copyright © Jeff Saxton Alton, Illinois.

Task Choice 1 :

Make a real size model of Robert, just like the statue above. You will need to find out his height when he was fully grown, then make a plaque or a book with facts about Robert with as many details you can find about him. 

This activity can be done by the whole class or as an individual student.


Task Choice 2:

Locate five extraordinary record breakers. For example; the fattest man, the smallest woman, the highest waterfall etc. 
Make a fact box for each topic you choose. Present your topics to your class and give a 3 minute talk about one of them.



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