Seventh grade math students at Genoa Middle School recently read a one-of-a-kind picture book titled A Million Dots, by Andrew Clements. The publication actually shows what one million of something looks like, using fanciful illustrations superimposed over an array of depictions, effectively mixing the serious and the goofy. It contains one million dots, along with 46 amazing facts, including how many shoeboxes it would take to make a stack as high as Mount Everest. The book’s author says, “Be prepared to do some number wondering of your own.” And wonder they did.
Genoa math teachers asked 500 students to color 2,000 dots and the result was the creation of their own book containing one million dots.