Reflecting on old movies and ransoms, Eastside Elementary's 5th grade
students wondered if a briefcase could hold $1,000,000.
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They set out to prove their theory that $1,000,000 one-dollar bills could
not fit in the standard size briefcase. Working collaboratively, groups had
to determine the necessary steps to find the volume of one million
one-dollar bills. Through discussion and using measurement tools with a
bundle of twenty-five bills, students plotted a course of action.
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The verdict .... No, 1,000,000 one-dollar bills would not fit in a standard
size briefcase. The general consensus among the students is the money would
measure about 69,000 cubic inches approximately 52" x 34" x 39" - about the
size of a front load washing machine.
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It would weigh 1,000,000 grams, which is 1,000 kilograms, which is slightly
less than 1/2 a ton. At least, that's what they discovered. Their next
mission...How would you fit $1,000,000 in a briefcase?
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