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Mathline

Million Dollar Giveaway
Measurement

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Objective

Students will apply measurement skills to determine, in dollar bills, the capacity of a suitcase.

Overview of the Lesson

The prize for winning a radio contest will provide the winner with up to $1,000,000 in cash. The catch is that the winner is only allowed one suitcase in which to carry away as much money as it will hold. Will this amount be more or less than the $1,000,000? Students devise plans to determine an appropriate estimate for the amount of money it will take to fill a given suitcase.