Saturday, April 12, 2014

How Big is a BILLION?

During tax season H&R Block hosted  a 
“How Big Is a Billion?” contest, 
and they had some great commercials.  
Here's one of my favorites...

You can see the rest of them here.

After hearing from students interested in the math, H&R Block asked teachers to turn the idea of $1 billion into a math assignment by submitting real-life examples to illustrate the concept.
Thanks to the ingenuity of teachers and students nationwide participating in the “How Big is a Billion?" Challenge, we now know that $1 billion would be enough to purchase $20 in school supplies for every public school student in the country, from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade!


Here are a few of my favorite winners...

Love how they showed all their math!

Wish I made this much for just one day!

Check out all of the entries here.

So this got me thinking...
I decided this would be a fun family project to assign instead of homework this week.  
So, here’s the deal…

I read these books to my class.


I was surprised that they kept asking me if that was for real.
See, they really do not understand just how big those numbers are!

More Big Number books...

I showed them some of the videos, 
and a few of the entries from H&R Block's contest,
and sent them home for the weekend to do some investigating on their own.

I gave them this assignment.

You can grab a copy here.
This will be the perfect fun activity for them to work on during our testing week.
Can't wait to see what they come up with!
Stay tuned!
In the mean time,
want to try this with your class?
Have I got a deal for YOU!
You can win a copy of these four books and a $15 Starbucks gift card!

(How many of your favorite beverage would $1 Billion buy?)

All you have to do is take a look at the 
H&R Block Contest Entries here,
and share how you would use them 
to talk about big numbers in your classroom.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Did You Know?
PLEASE teach your kids about money!
Classroom Freebies Manic Monday 


  1. Love this! What a great way to bring real life math into the classroom!

  2. I would add these great books to my lessons. I love using books to help teach kids different concepts.

    1. Ursula,
      What's your favorite book to use to introduce a lesson?

  3. I would use these books to introduce our first unit on place value.

  4. Very cool!! I love this!! Pinning! :) :)

  5. I love the entry about saving shelter dogs. Our principal is a HUGE dog lover and this would definitely be something I could use to get my students interested in learning more about BiG numbers. I think they are naturally curious about big numbers they just need some "coaching" to actually wrap their heads around it. I could definitely use these books in so many ways. Off the top of my head I think we would brainstorm ideas of our own after I show them a few examples then I would probably let them run with it! Great idea!

  6. I love it! I would really like someone to donate 1 billion dollars to me!

    1. Me too Katie! If someone gives me $1 Billion, I'll share with you!

  7. I think these would be great to use in the classroom! What a great way to incorporate reading, math, and real-world all at the same time! I think I would take some of the examples (like slices of pizza or hairs on the head) and have them act out some of those numbers. I know in one of the books, it talks about how it would take eating 2 entire pizzas everyday for 68 years. So, I would have them draw or create 2 pizzas and then ask questions like, "How many pizzas would that be in a week? In a month? In a year?" and so on. Once they see how many pizzas that is, they can start to understand just how large these numbers are! Thanks for the great ideas!

    Teaching Momster

  8. I would use these books to extend the thinking about big numbers. Students have a difficult time when it comes time to really understanding numbers in the millions and billions. Sure they can say the numbers exist, but they really don't know what they look like and really how BIG they are! I also love tying literature into my math lessons!

  9. I would use the Million books to have the students brainstorm and write what they would or would not like a million of. Great books!

  10. I love the idea of integrating technology, writing, research and reading into a math lesson! Great idea!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...