- 238,855 miles
- 1,261,154,400 feet
- 15,133,852,800 inches
- 252,230,880 students
- 242,141,644,800 quarters
- 3,026,770,560 SpongeBob Square Pants
- 867,965 Empire State buildings
- A pile of dollar bills totaling $3,783,463,200,000
To the moon? Those calculations, using rates, ratios and proportions, took my students almost a full week, with calculators! Heaven forbid they use a pencil and basic math facts to reach those numbers! Then, boring math part over, we got to the fun part: illustrating the astronomical numbers. Having time to spare (yes, after a week of calculations), we decided to build the Apollo 11 rocket. Then, the deadline was pushed back, so we added the Eagle (the lunar landing module). Then, we were told to decorate the doors (my room has two), so one was a newspaper frontpage (July 21, 1969), and the other is of what is supposed to be Kennedy giving his "We choose to go to the Moon" speech, although it looks more like the Elephant man with a hemifacial spasm or Bell's palsy. And then, I was told to decorate yet another wall, on which we will create the parachutes with the splash down command module attached, landing in the ocean (pictures to come). My goodness, am I having fun! It combines so many of my interests: thrifting (I bought a plush astronaut), scavaging (the birdcage turned into a parachute), crafts (there is a lot of cardboard, tracing, painting, and glitter involved), math, and miniatures.
|Moon scene on bottom, artistic renderings |
of items stacked to the moon (not to scale)
|JFK's famous "We choose to go the |
the Moon" speech. On the right is his
words, coming from his mouth, on
the left is his dream (moon and
astronaut), coming from his head.
|The Eagle, the lunar landing module|
|The barely legible newspaper |
headline! They should have used
a larger, more impressive font!
|My parachute landings. Whew!|