How much is a trillion dollars?

U.S. Congress is now debating how much money to approve on spending for infrastructure.  The numbers are between 1 and 3 trillion dollars. I can't even fathom that amount of money.  Is there a way to imagine it in proportion to something else?

In this activity students wrestle with comparisons to understand a trillion of anything.


For members we have an editable Word docx of the activity and solutions.

Imagining-a-trillion.docx    Imagining-a-trillion-solution.pdf

CCSS: 6.RP, 7.RP, MP1


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