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8.G.9 How big is Mega Maid’s vacuum bag; “Spaceballs”? Students determine the volume or air being removed and replaced in the atmosphere. Students calculate the volume of the planet. Student estimate rate of speed of the vacuum cleaner. Lesson includes video clips and questions. (c) 2012 by Emergent Math


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2014-02-26.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 2
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This exercise is based on clips from the movie "Spaceballs". After watching the clip, students calculate the amount of a air a vacuum bag can hold (based on the volume of air in the atmosphere of a given planet). Necessary equations are provided; answers are also given. Suggestions as to other ways the information could be used are given; but not developed. The lesson would most likely engages students; however, the video clips may not be appropriate for all audiences.
Patricia Finck
June 12, 2015

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