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The world is full of numbers about which your students undoubtedly have ideas and opinions. Use them to grab your class' attention.
- How big is a billion?
- How much money do you owe?
- What is the most common crime committed in the U.S.?
- When a person dies at the hands of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger?
- How much is an education worth?
- What is the most common name in the U.S.?
- How much sugar does the average American consume in one year?
- What percent of the U.S. population is actually overweight?
- Your "Inflationary Dollar," how much is it worth today?
- What language has the largest number of native speakers?
- Which is more valuable, a pile of pennies equaling your weight or a stack of quarters equaling your height?
- Which is largest, Greenland, South America or Africa?
- What is the average age of those currently in the room?
- How long is a second?
- Putting Time in Perspective
- Taxes Made EZ
- activities that contain data tables with which students can work
School Safety Facts
from the sample questions listed under #7 above
What is the most common crime committed in the U.S.?
When a person dies at the hands of a gunman, who most often pulls the trigger?
How much is an education worth?
Double, Double, Toil and Trouble
How much do they make?
The world in a room
Media use survey from Propaganda in the classroom
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