**How Much is a Million?**

Sharon Simmons Joseph Stockton Elementary

4420 North Beacon

Chicago IL 60640

(312) 842-2125

**Objective**:

This lesson is designed for Grades 7-8. Students will estimate how much a

million 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.

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