`How Much is a Million?Sharon Simmons                 Joseph Stockton Elementary                               4420 North Beacon                                Chicago IL 60640                               (312) 842-2125Objective:This lesson is designed for Grades 7-8.  Students will estimate how much amillion of something weighs. Materials Needed:Five boxes of cereal (box of cereal with total weight removed), calculators,scale, and measuring cups.Strategy:*Write information on board: Cap'N Crunch cereal has been contracted to deliver   a million pieces of cereal to the Olympic Village.  Your job is to determine    how many boxes of Cap'N Crunch equals a million, how much it will weigh and   how much it will cost to send the boxes to the Olympic Village. *Write on board the cost of shipping per ounce or gram.*Divide the students into groups of four.*Distribute a box of cereal, calculator and measuring cup to each group.*Place scales on table.*Each group adds data to chart on board.*Formula: Determine the total weight of the cereal.*Weigh and count a small portion of the cereal.*Multiply the # of pieces by the total weight in the box.*Divide one million by the # of pieces.  This will give the # of boxes.*Multiply the weight of one box by the total number of boxes.*Multiply the total number of boxes by the shipping costs.Performance Assessment:The students should be able to determine the answer by using skills that were previously taught: estimation and measurement. `