# Stepping on a Dragon’s Butt

## The Activities

1. Topic: Large Numbers: Book: Millions, Billions, & Trillions by D. Adler.
3. Topic: Measurement: I bought two standard latex balloons filled with helium at the grocery store.  The problem was to figure out how many balloons it would take to lift one of the children.  The available materials were paper clips and a kitchen scale.

## How Did It Go?

All the kids attended.  Unfortunately, this circle was pretty wild; I almost stopped it early because many of the kids weren’t paying attention during the final activity.  The programming went very well and the kids liked the book, though, so it was still a moderately successful circle.

#### Millions, Billions, & Trillions

This was a pretty interesting book that talked about how big a million, billion, and trillion were.  The kids were particularly interested in how long it would take to count to each of these numbers.  One of the kids didn’t believe that a trillion dollars in \$100 bills would make as tall a stack as it would (700 miles).

#### Programming

The kids were all quite comfortable with putting things in boxes and then using them, definitely better than last time we did programming.  Nothing was too tricky, but I did vary the order that I used the boxes in, I had one where you set from one box into another, and one with a loop.  No one had any problems.  There was some variation in speed, which depended entirely on how fast each kid wrote.  The kids loved “Ask A Friend”, but it also got pretty wild.  Some of the supplied answers weren’t entirely appropriate, which is how we ended up with “[Anonymized kid’s name] stepped on a dragon’s [butt].” Needlessly to say, they thought this was hilarious.