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Large and Small Numbers

These problems encourage students to develop their number sense about large and small numbers.
 Related Resources

Interactive resources from our Math Tools project:
Math 4: Number Sense
The closest match in our Ask Dr. Math archives:
Elementary Number Sense/About Numbers
Elementary Large Numbers
NCTM Standards:
Number and Operations Standard for Grades 35
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Golden Gate Bridge *
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Find out how much wire was used in the two main cables of the Golden
Gate Bridge.
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Horton's Clover Hunt
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Find out how fast Horton had to work picking clovers.
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How Safe Is Your Bike?
 Chief Brian Craig and Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Compare the bicycle theft rates in three different cities.
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I Like to Palindrive!
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. How many palindromic numbers will appear on Kristina's odometer in October, 2003?
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Inching Along Down the Football Field
 Terrel Trotter

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Fred put his football down on a goal line of the 100yard field. He then moved it forward half the field distance, over and over again. When did the distance first become less than one inch?
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A Million in Time
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. "Human beings can expect to live a million..." Use your conversion skills to determine which unit of time best completes this statement.
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Miracle Miranda and the Mascot
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Compare salaries of the star player and the team mascot.
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Penny Space
 Lisa Lavelle

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Determine the space needed to store a million pennies.
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The Place Value Game
 Kristina Lasher

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Help Sylvia and Carina think about winning numbers in the Place Value Game.
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Presidential Timepieces
 Mary DeYoung & class

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 4. Develop a sense of time by exploring presidential events.
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Sacagawea Cheerios
 Stephen Maurer

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 3. Determine how many Sacagawea coins the government will give away during this Cheerios promotion.
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Victoria in Bloom
 Claire Mead

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Find combinations of trees and/or shrubs that could have totaled
2,005,500 blossoms in the
park in Victoria.
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Volunteering at the Food Bank
 Abby Martin

Math Fundamentals, difficulty level 2. Calculate the number of volunteer hours needed to keep a food bank in operation.
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