Monday, January 13, 2014

Granny-Guru: Million, Billions, & Trillions


Millions, Billions & Trillions

When former math teacher, David Adler, started writing math storybooks for children, he set out to explain big concepts.  Shapes, word problems, fractions, algebra and Roman numerals.

In his brand-new, 2013 book, “Millions, Billions & Trillions,” he tackles big numbers.
Parents and teachers may care that it “meets the Common Core State Standards for fourth-grade mathematics in Number and Operations in Base Ten.” Grandparents will delight in its whimsical illustrations and real-world-based representation of how much a million, or billion, or trillion means, after you find out how many zeros there are in the number.
He looks at big numbers by comparing them to things around us:
???????: ??????? ??? ?????.• How many pizzas can you buy with one million dollars?
• How many people would it take to have one billion strands of hair?
• How high is a stack of one trillion dollar bills?
He looks at big numbers by comparing them to time:
How long does it take to count to one million? To one billion?
He looks at big numbers by comparing them to each other:
How many millions of people are in New York? In California? In the U.S.?
For your grandchildren to get a feel for big numbers, before they learn the abstraction in school, introduce them, gently, with fun and imagination, with Adler’s “Millions, Billions & Trillions: Understanding Big Numbers.”
You can order Adler’s book from amazon by clicking on the title above or the book cover below.

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