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# How Much Is a Million?

by
David M. Schwartz (Goodreads Author),
Steven Kellogg

Ever wonder just what a million of something means? How about a billion? Or a trillion? Marvelosissimo the mathematical magician can teach you!

This classic picture book is an ALA Notable Book, a

*How Much is a Million?*knocks complex numbers down to size in a fun, humorous way, helping children conceptualize a difficult mathematical concept.This classic picture book is an ALA Notable Book, a

*Reading Rainbow*Feature Selectio ...morePaperback, 40 pages

Published
December 28th 2004
by Collins
(first published 1985)

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This book basically explains about how much a million wo ...more

Reading Level: This book is for transitional readers because the text placement is varied and there are multiple lines on most pages. There is a mixture of regular and some harder words, which were mostly one or two syllable ...more

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If one million kids climbed onto one another's shoulders, they would be... taller than the tallest buildings, higher than the high...more

The illustrations show energetic children amazed at the sights Marvelosissimo shows them. The pictures are full of movement, splashing whales, climbing children. I also love ...more

*How Much is a Million?*on the Title 1 bookshelf, it was an ideal break-out when their attentions drifted away from the white board work.

This is a good concept book, and I was already thinking of how I could write an interactive reading lesson plan around it (probably with the focus of fantasy v. reality or repetiti ...more

Feb 17, 2011
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This book offers a fun and imaginative way to describe just how big a million, a billion and a trillion are using concrete figures of a child's height, time, a quantity of water, and pages of stars to illustrate the somewhat abstract concept of such large numbers. The information was mind-blowing and the illustrations are fun. We are looking forward to reading If You Made a Million and On Beyond a Million: An Amazing Math Journey by this author.

A really good description of orders of magnitude using things children can relate too (children standing on shoulders, the time to count, goldfish and stars in the book)

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o Grade level: second

o Appropriate classroom use: during a math lesson for fun

o Individual students who might benefit from reading: kids that like math

o Small group use: Kids can read and then talk about what a million is

o Whole class use: Read during a math class to have a break from doing actual math work

o Related books in genre/su ...more

Besides that, this is a pretty straight-forward and entertaining book. The cover illustration is so busy, despite the white space that serves to highlight the ...more

**Personal reaction**

I loved this book. I wish I had it when I was in elementary school. Mrs. Siegler introduced this book to us in Math 109 Lab, and I didn't even know books like this existed! I never really understood how much a million was until I read this book, and I didn't even know I didn't understand this!

**read aloud to make a curricular connection**

I would read this aloud for math purposes. Many students at this age may not be able to grasp how much a million really is, so this book would he ...more

Quick... without cheating, take a guess at how big these figures are:

How far would 1 billion US sized dollar extend if they were lined up like a road?

How long is 20 ...more

Aug 30, 2016
Elizabeth
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How Much is a Million is a classic math picture book which demonstrates the enormity of a million, a billion, and a trillion to children with relatable groupings. For example, children standing on each other's shoulders will be taller than a building or a mountain, while a trillion of them will pass Mars and Jupiter.

This book covers extremely large numbers that are very difficult for children to conceptualize and provides recognizable items that the children can see to understand. By discussing ...more

This book covers extremely large numbers that are very difficult for children to conceptualize and provides recognizable items that the children can see to understand. By discussing ...more

Use in the Classroom:

Curricular Connection: I would definitely use this in a math lesson in first or second grade. Lower elementary ...more

Awards:

Boston Globe–Horn Book Award Honor Book

Beehive Award (Utah)

ALA Booklist Editors’ Choice

ALA Notable Children’s Book

Reading Rainbow Book

Bank Street Children's Book Award

This book is an excellent children's concept book. It begins by talking about a million, then a billion, and finally a trillion. For each of these huge numbers, the author gives almost unbelievable pictures and descriptions of how big these numbers actually are. For example, "if a goldfish bowl were b ...more

**CIP Summary:**

Text and pictures try to make possible the conceptualizati ...more

Genre: picture book

Awards:Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book, Bank Street Children's Book Award, ALA Notable Children's Book

Summary: This book talks all about how much a million is, how much a billion is, and how much a trillion is. How high would a stack of children reach if there was a million of them, a billion of them, or a trillion of them. How big would a fishbowl be if it held a million goldfish, a billion goldfish, and a trillion goldfish. It also talks about how l ...more

It takes 23 days to count from one to one million. It takes 95 years to count from one to one billion. A fish bowl the size of a football stadium is needed to h ...more

In this book, there are many ways to represent the number one million. It gives the students a visual of what one million really looks like.

Informational: This story helps children to see and understand what one million looks like. It tells you how many days it would take you to count to 1 million, how big a fish bowl would be to hold 1 million fish etc.

Ending: How much is a Million ends with representing 1 trillion in multiple ways to show children how much th ...more

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As a child, I was filled with a sense of awe as I contemplated the universe. The huge numbers of stars and their sizes and distances never failed to amaze me. With binoculars and magnifying glass, I also focused on closer subjects like birds, flowers, frogs and bugs.

But science and math weren't my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spr ...more

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But science and math weren't my only fascinations: I also loved bicycles, baseball, boats…and ice cream. Years later, on a clear spr ...more

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