How much aluminum cans was recycled?

Grade level:  4th – 6th grades

Skills: Converting percents to fractions and decimals

Related environmental issues: Recycle

The bar graph below shows how many percent of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and steel cans were recycled in the United States in 2014.

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  1. Write down how many percent of each items were recycled. Then convert percents to decimals and fractions. Write fractions in simplest form.

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  2. Look at the table you created in #1 and use <, > to show which number is larger.

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Sources: “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet” published by the U.S. EPA in November 2016

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Answer keys

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Which items were more recycled, plastic bottles or aluminum cans?

Grade level:  4th – 6th grades

Skills: bar graphs

Related environmental issues: Recycle

The bar graph below shows how many percent of plastic bottles, aluminum cans, glass bottles, and steel cans were recycled in the United States in 2014.

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  1. Which items were recycled the most?
  2. Which items were not recycled the most?
  3. Which items were recycled more, plastic bottle or aluminum cans?
  4. List all items that were more recycled than not recycled.
  5. About how many percent of steel cans were not recycled?

    A) 10% 2) 30% 3) 70% 4) 100%

Sources: “Advancing Sustainable Materials Management: 2014 Fact Sheet” published by the U.S. EPA in November 2016

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Answer keys

  1. Steel cans
  2. Plastic bottles
  3. Aluminum cans
  4. Steel cans and aluminum cans
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