How Big Is A Billion? Contest For Teachers

(Disclosure: This post is sponsored by H&R Block but all opinions are my own.)

We all know that a Billion dollars is a lot of money but just how much is it in terms that we can easily imagine? H&R Block’s “How Big is a Billion?” contest is a new educational program that asks teachers to turn the idea of a billion dollars into a math assignment for a chance to win a $3,000 grant. Teachers are invited to submit real-life examples that illustrate the concept of a billion dollars. For example:

The contest runs through March 14, 2014 and to participate, teachers must submit a brief explanation and image of the creative concepts. To access the application, “like” the H&R Block Dollars & Sense Facebook page.

Submissions should be:

  • Square image
  • Minimum size 650×650 pixels
  • Include a description of math and research utilized to create the example of the size of $1 billion

There are three prize categories: Elementary School, Middle School, and High School and each level will be awarded a Grand Prize ($3,000 grant), 2nd place ($2,000 grant) and 3rd place ($1,000 grant). The first 50 entering educators will receive a $50 Gift Card just for entering!

H&R Block has teamed up with WeAreTeachers, an online resource for lesson plans, professional development resources, grants and contests for teachers, to select the finalists and help encourage participation. H&R Block will select the grand prize winners. Here are a few more details:

  • Entries will be evaluated based on accuracy and creativity.
  • The contest is open to teachers and homeschool educators.
  • Each participant can submit up to eight entries.

Join us for a Twitter party!

What: Every year, Americans leave a billion dollars on the table when they do their own taxes. That number is so huge it can be hard to visualize. To help people understand just how much money a billion dollars really is, H&R Block has introduced its “How Big is a Billion?” contest, asking teachers to turn the idea of a billion dollars into a math assignment for their students for a chance to win a $3,000 grant. The contest runs through March 14. Join us at the party to learn more!When: Tuesday, March 11, at 12p ET / 11a CT / 9a PT
Where: We’ll be on Twitter – follow the #HowBigIsABillion hashtag to track the conversation. You can see the details and RSVP via this Twtvite: #HowBigIsABillionPrizes: Five prizes will be randomly awarded throughout the party, from all eligible correct responses to trivia questions. Each consists of a $200 gift card. (No purchase necessary. Entrants must be legal residents of the United States, 18 years of age or older.)Hosts: @theMotherhood, @theMotherhood25, @CooperMunroe, @EmilyMcKhann, @HRBlock


  • Alicia, Making Time for Mommy – @aliciamarie112 (that’s me!)
  • Caroline, Smarty Pants Mama – @SmartyPantsMama
  • Chelsea, Someday I’ll Learn – @somedayilllearn
  • Elaina, A Time Out for Mommy – @atimeoutformommy
  • Erin, Making Memories with Your Kids – @EMakingMemories
  • Jennifer, My Boys and Their Toys – @Lovesmytwoboys
  • Julie, Julieverse – @JulieMPron
  • Maegen, Sounds Fun Mom – @SoundsFunMom
  • Sara, Mom Endeavors – @momendeavors
  • Vicky, Mess for Less – @MessForLess
Hope to tweet with you at the party!!

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