A whole lot of counting

St. Mary's Academy's fourth grade students recently held a contest for the whole school.

While studying a lesson on "How big is a million?," they thought the school owned enough base-ten blocks to make a million. So, during math class, they counted and added them all up. Once they found out that there was nowhere near a million, they decided to let the rest of the school guess at how many base-ten blocks there were.

Teachers and students made estimates of how many base-ten blocks were in three boxes on a table in the school's hallway. Based on the calculations of the fourth grade, there were actually a total of only 25,083.

Michael Bednarczyk from the fifth grade was the closest student with a guess of 35,000, and Mrs. Brillante was the adult winner with a guess of 25,375. She only missed it by 292. During this activity the students reviewed math vocabulary and practiced computation skills with large numbers, and they had a great time doing it.

The class learned that one million really is a very large number.

Pictured are St. Mary's fourth graders (from left) Alyse, Daniel, David and Laura.

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