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Measurement: Million Dollar Giveaway

In this math lesson, learners apply measurement skills to determine, in dollar bills, the capacity of a suitcase. In a fictional scenario, the prize for winning a radio contest will provide the winner with up to $1,000,000 in cash. The catch is that the winner is only allowed one suitcase in which to carry away as much money as it will hold. Will this amount be more or less than the $1,000,000? Learners devise plans to determine an appropriate estimate for the amount of money it will take to fill a given suitcase.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 11 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan



  • Mathematics
    • Measurement
      • Units of Measurement
      • Size and Scale
    • Number and Operations
      • Multiples and Factors
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof

Informal Categories

  • Financial Literacy


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, PBS, ©2012

Funding Source:

  • US Department of Education


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