Scientists believe that the largest number our brains can truly understand is 100,000. But you have read about the salaries of professional athletes, the prices of homes, the cost of college, and local lottery winners. So what does one million really look like?
You are going to create a bulletin board display of a “newspaper million” using the classified section of various newspapers. Feel free to ask classmates for their help. Cut out a two inch square of the classified section. Decide which side you will use. Which side will give you a larger total when all the numbers are added together? You are allowed to use any number listed but you add each digit individually. So this phone number (845) 123-4567 adds up to 45. Add up all the numbers in that square section, and record the value across the square. You may use a calculator to keep track of the numbers and/or to check your work. Staple the square to the bulletin board. Click here for an example – classified sample.
When you complete a row, record the total on a post-it. As you build your bulletin board, take photos, record the total amount at that time. Record all your thoughts. Did you make changes? What part of the classified did you cut-out? What estimates can you make? What questions, thoughts, concerns are you having?
At the end of your project you will create a documentary of all the steps to be posted and shared on this blog. You will use animoto, photopeach, iMovie, etc. to give others a clear understanding of how much is a million.
Good luck and have fun!