What We Do Adds Up

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With so many tons of trash going into landfills each year, your environmentalists can calculate how much the average person is tossing away. This activity has a series of questions not only requiring math, but a conscious thought of how much trash we throw away every day, week, and year. A great activity for Earth Day to connect math to real life and our environment.  

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  • US Census Bureau link provided to research populations
  • Questions start with small amounts of trash and move to yearly amounts
  • Answer key provided

  • No specific standard addressed