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!!

Cozy Up With A Book Hop {Giveaway}


This blog hop is hosted by Mommy Reads Too Much and EReading On The Cheap and features over 50 blogs, all giving away book related giveaways.

I am giving away a great book for teachers, Prayers From A Teacher’s Heart by Vicki Caruana. {If you aren’t a teacher still enter- this would make a great gift for your child’s teacher or another teacher in your life!}

From the back of the book:

You Can Change A Life…

One Student and One Prayer at a Time!

Where do you turn for help in moments of discouragement? Decision? Disappointment? Demand? Who is there to celebrate with you in times of discovery and delight?

Friends, family, colleagues, and yes, students can be wonderful sources of encouragement and support. But no one can touch us with the depth of grace and mercy as our Heavenly Father.

He brings peace, comfort, strength, and renewed vision to every challenge and situation we face as teachers. Prayers From A Teacher’s Heart is designed to help you bring your joys and sorrows, victories and defeats before the One who knows you best– and loves you most.

As you pray, you will notice a sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic, yet always real difference in the lives of your students. But the biggest difference will begin in your heart as God changes you through the power of prayer.


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Giveaway ends January 29, 2012 at 11:59pm EST. US only.

(Disclosure: This giveaway isn’t endorsed or sponsored by Facebook.)