My preschooler is learning to count to higher numbers and trying to grasp the concept of hundreds, thousands, millions, and billions. She tells me there are a billion students in her school. While it may seem like she does have a lot of classmates, we all know there aren’t a billion. She asks me what a billion looks like and it’s hard for me to make her understand at such a young age. “Are there a billion m&ms in the bag, mommy?”
H&R Block is currently running their “How Big is a Billion?” contest where they asks teachers to make a math assignment out of teaching students the concept of a billion. The student’s will get a chance to grasp what a billion really is, and there’s something in it for the teacher’s too- they get a chance to win a $3,000 grant!
Teachers, get creative on this one! A great example of teaching your students how much a billion dollars is: “$1 billion is enough to fill 2,983 bathtubs or $300 of classroom supplies for every public school teacher in the U.S.” You have until March 14, 2014 to submit a brief explanation and image of the concept by filling out the application on the H&R Block Dollars & Sense Facebook page. Make sure your images are cropped to square dimensions and are AT LEAST 650×650 pixels. Explain how you used math and research to create the example of $1 billion.
There are 3 prize categories: Elementary, Middle, and High School, and each level will be awarded a Grand Prize ($3,000 grant), 2nd place ($2,000 grant) and 3rd place ($1,000 grant). The first 50 entering educators will receive a $50 Gift Card! The submissions will be received and reviewed by H&R Bloc and WeAreTeachers to select the finalists and the grand prize winners will be chosen by H&R Block.
Wait.. There’s MORE! On Tuesday, March 11, at 12p ET there will be a Twitter party, hashtag #HowBigIsABillion http://twtvite.com/
Follow your Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @HRBlock
Your fellow co-hosts:
Alicia, Making Time for Mommy – @aliciamarie112
Check out the following video to see where this all started!