A Million Dollars

Could you carry a million dollars in $1 bills? As a middle school assessment task, learners investigate different questions regarding a million dollars. They then determine how long it would take to make a million dollars, how many burgers it can buy, and the dimensions and weight of a stack of one million dollar bills.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have learners estimate the weight of a million dollars in $1 bills before beginning the task
Classroom Considerations

  • Calculators may be appropriate
  • Learners need to be proficient with powers of 10 and unit conversions
Pros

  • The prospect of a million dollars will likely interest middle school pupils
  • Resource includes a 10-point rubric
Cons

  • Task is not strongly aligned to indicated standards
  • Does not distinguish between mass and weight
Common Core