each child a 2.5 cm (1") square
construction paper template frame.
everyone to place the square randomly on a well grassed area about 3m
by 3m (10' x 10').
child counts the number of blades
in his or her square.
sum of the blades in all the samples is found and averaged.
figure provides a base for calculating the size that an area would have
to be to contain a million blades of grass.
is a great problem to donate to a
willing eighth grade class to solve.
children to visualize a hot
dog replacing each tiny blade of grass.
introduce the word "googol" and note that this term represents all the
units that would be contained in a million staked-out plots.
them to express "googol" in
numerals (a 1 followed by 100 zeros).
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