Education Technology

Math TODAY - The New Color of Money

Published on 04/29/2004

Activity Overview

The USA TODAY Snapshot® allows students to use scientific notation with real-life data. Students will work with large numbers when determining the height of a stack of $20 bills. Unit conversion will be used from one unit of measure to another.

Before the Activity

See the attached Teacher Edition PDF file for notes and guidelines for this activity. The Technology Guide PDF file includes step-by-step calculator instructions with screen shots.

If you are using the TI-Navigator™ Classroom Learning System, see the TI-Navigator Basic Skills Guide PDF file for information on how the system can be integrated into your activity.

During the Activity

Students will:

  • Express numbers in scientific notation.
  • Determine the percent of a number.
  • Convert from one unit of measure to another.
  • Determine the volume of a rectangular solid.


  • Directions:
  • Distribute the Student Edition PDF file to your class.
  • Follow the activity procedures outlined in the student document.
  • You may use the Transparency PDF file to display a large image of the USA TODAY graphic during the activity.
  • After the Activity

    Distribute the assessment questions or send the attached LearningCheck™ assessment to your class to gauge student understanding of the concepts presented in the activity.