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#1863. How Much is a Million? and Number Sense

Mathematics, level: Elementary
Posted Fri Jul 21 08:55:05 PDT 2000 by Carrie Srsic (yrff@grove.iup.edu).
Indiana University of PA, Indiana, PA USA
Materials Required: Jar filled with 50-100 of the same object
Activity Time: 1 hour for each of three days
Concepts Taught: Number Sense

I. Math: How Much is a Million? and Number Sense
Time Allotted: 1 hour for three consecutive days

II. Rationale
This activity is intended to provide students with the opportunity to discover the magnitude of the number 100. This understanding of the value of a number is termed number sense and can be developed by allowing students to experience 100 by counting it, measuring it, feeling it, and doing it, hands-on. Number sense is an important asset in estimation activities because it enables students to formulate appropriate approximations.

III. Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, the learner will:

1. Measure 100 in terms of dimension, time, personal reaction, or other appropriate means.

2. Describe their measurements of 100 using words and pictures.

3. Improve estimating skills.

IV. Materials
Jar filled with 50-100 of the same object
How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz, 1985
Books, popsicle sticks, blocks, or other things to count
Paper
Pencils
Crayons

V. Procedures