Grade level: 4-5th grades
Skills: Multiplication & Division
Related environmental issues: Recycle
On average, each school-age child throws away 67 pounds of trash a year from the packaging that comes with their lunch. Most of the trash ends up in landfills.
- For 12 years of the course of the school, on average, how many pounds of trash does a child throw away for their lunch?
- Ben started to pack food in reusable lunch containers and bring unusable utensils to school. He was able to reduce 75% of his trash for his lunch. How many pounds of trash does Ben throw away for their lunch a year now?
Source: US EPA
Photo: NBC News
1. 804 pounds (67 x 12 = 804)
2. 16.75 pounds (67 / 4 = 16.75)