July 22, 2015
by Ginger Bruster
Lesson Plan:

How Much is a Million?

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Students will be able to determine how large one million is and create a guided story to represent one million items.

(5 minutes)
  • Gather the students in a group and ask them to think about how much one million is.
  • Allow students to discuss it as a class.
  • Tell students that one million is one thousand thousands, and every one of those thousands is one hundred hundreds.
(15 minutes)
  • Read How Much is a Million? by David M. Schwartz.
  • Have students brainstorm ideas of things they could have one million of.
  • Ask students to think about what they would do with these items.
  • Have students pair and share their ideas.
(5 minutes)
  • Pass out the If I Had a Million worksheet.
  • Go over the worksheet with the class, explaining how to fill it in.
  • Give an example of what you might like one million of. Example: If I had a million cats I would teach them how to fetch and dance. And then, I would open a cat circus, the first in the world, for all my friends to see. I would give Sasha 15 cats and she would open a cat cafe so people who didn't have cats could come and play.
  • Let the kids know that this can be fun and silly, and that you want them to imagine how much one million is while doing this activity.
(15 minutes)
  • Allow students to collaborate to get their creative juices flowing. Tell students that, though they can help each other brainstorm, their topics for the worksheets need to be different.
  • Walk around the room to keep students on task and to answer any questions students may have.
  • Enrichment: Students who need more of a challenge can create more than one story, or extend their story beyond the worksheet.
  • Support: Those who need extra help may buddy up with another student to help them talk through ideas.
(5 minutes)
  • Read through students' stories to assess their understanding of how much one million is.
(5 minutes)
  • Allow students to share their stories with the class.
  • Ask students whether or not they understand how much one million is. Take questions or comments from students.

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