|One Thousand Pennies|
One day my son asked me why 1000 was larger than 100. As most would, I started by telling that it takes ten 100’s to make 1,000, etc, etc. But noticing the blank look I asked for his patience as I decided to count aloud to 100 and then continued onward to 1000. His bright eyes sold me! There was no doubt after about 15 minutes later that 1000 was bigger than 100. To this day he still remembers how big it was.
How To Use This In A Classroom
For a better appreciation of larger numbers from your students have them count them.
Take 15 mins of down time and have your students listen as you count aloud to 10, than 100 than 1000. Have them time you (you will most likely average one number per second). Next, have them calculate how long it would take to count to 10,000 or 100,000 or 1 million. Have them express this in terms of days or hours.
|One Million Pennies|
|One Billion Pennies|