Grade level: 4 – 5th grades
Skills: Multiplication (decimal)
Related environmental issues: Reduce, reuse & recycle
Area level: household
A single American produced 4.4 pounds of waste in 2013.
How much waste in pounds does a single American produce in a week?
- There are 4 people in Sarah’s family and her family asks curbside trash pickup services once a week. How much does the trash weigh when a garbage truck comes to pick up the trash at Sarah’s house?
- Which is heavier, trash produced by 3 people in 6 days or trash produced by 5 people in 3 days?
Source: US EPA
- 30.8 pounds (4.4×7=30.8)
- 123.2 pounds (30.8×4=123.2)
- trash produced by 3 people in 6 days