Opening Activities

Making A Yardstick

Assignment: 1.1.2 Homework

Can you imagine a tower built out of one million pennies?  How tall would it be?  In this lesson, you will work with your team to predict just how tall such a tower would be.  To make sense of this question, you will measure some pennies and investigate the relationship between the height of a tower of pennies and the number of pennies in that tower.  This is an example of a special relationship called a proportional relationship, which you will learn more about later in this course.

How tall would a tower of a million pennies be?

Would it be taller than your school building? 

Would it be taller than Mount Everest? 

Discuss these questions with your team and make a prediction. 


To begin to investigate this question, start by collecting data.  Parts (a) and (b) will lead you through the data-collection process.

  • How many pennies does it take to build a tower that is one centimeter tall?  Use the tools provided by your teacher to answer this question.
  • On your own paper, create a table like the one at right.  Work with your team to complete the missing information.  Be prepared to explain your reasoning to the class.
  • How tall would ONE Million pennies be?

Assignment: 1.1.4 Homework

Whiteboard: What about nickels?

Your group has been given a small quantity of Nickels. With these nickels, your group will:

  • Make a table that shows at least 5 different pairs of number of nickels and height
  • How many nickels for 1cm?
  • How tall would one million nickels be? Write a statement explaining how you came to this decision.

Fruit Task

Part 2: Fruit Task

Initial diagnostic

Prodigy Account Setup

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Class Codes

Period 1: 1E3D5AC

Period 2: 01CE173

Period 4: F1B8080

Period 5: 5AA0F2E