Much is a Million? written by David Schwartz
illustrated by Steven Kellogg
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How Much is a Million
is a great book for teaching very large
numbers because the examples are so fun that students are really
fascinated throughout the entire book. David Schwartz uses a series of
examples to demonstrate how big a million is, then a billion, then a
trillion. Examples include fish in a bowl, kids standing on each
others' shoulders, counting to the number, etc. They are the types of
activities that kids think would be fun to try out. In fact,
in our experience, students really do think that once they know all
their numbers, they could sit down one afternoon and count to a
million. They are shocked to find out that it would take them weeks to
do so (it's one of the examples in this book.)
The intent of the book is to convey the idea that these are
extremely large numbers (as opposed to providing a more mathematical,
precise understanding of the numbers.) Children are fond of
throwing out these big numbers (ie: "I want a million Barbies
for my birthday"), so it's very interesting and educational to help
them understand the true enormity of a million, a billion, and a
our students LOVE these illustrations. I think it's the bright
colors, the fact that so much is going on, the cartoonish look, etc...
All books in this series get picked up a lot during silent
reading and we think it's mostly the fun illustrations!
is a sample spread to give you an idea of the cheery, colorful
illustration style and how large quantities are presented in ways that
children will understand. In
this spread, the page asks
much is a billion?" The right page starts the answer,
"If a billion kids made a human tower" and shows a high tower of
children sitting on each others' shoulders.
The next spread continues
with the answer, showing how far into space the human
tower would go before reaching a billion kids.
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