Notebook to Trees

How much does recycling save? Given conversion factors, pupils calculate the number of trees that using notebooks made from 50 percent recycled materials would save. The calculations use the average number of notebooks used each year for a period of 13 years.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Work with the science department on finding problems using unit conversions
  • Encourage class members to use units in all calculations, no matter the type of problem
Classroom Considerations

  • Individuals should know how to convert from one unit of measurement to another
Pros

  • Includes information not needed to solve the problem, so it challenges students to pull only pertinent information
  • Contains work samples
Cons

  • None
Common Core