Exactly what does one million look like? In this whimsical (and slightly mind-boggling) presentation, I have represented numbers with stars. I was inspired by David M. Schwarz's How Much is a Million.
Included are 100, 1000, 1 million, 1 billion, and 100 billion, as well as estimations on how long it would take to count to those numbers. There are several science questions at the end, as well. And yes, there are over a million stars represented on these slides. Whew!
The entire presentation is about 5 minutes long, but you may pause it at any point to facilitate discussion. Mathematical calculations are provided, but they can be removed if you'd like students to figure out this math on their own.
All images and sound were downloaded from Creative Commons. Music has been remastered on Audacity. Music by BenSound, 2015.
Times have been updated based on your feedback. Although a teacher has complete control to not only pause the presentation when discussion is needed, and (s)he can fully edit this Powerpoint, I have extended the times on several of the slide transitions so that young readers have time to read all information on the screen (Sept. 2016).