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Mass Maths Investigation – How Much Do We Throw Away?

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A mathematics investigation about measuring mass, embedded in a real-world context.

This open-ended mathematics investigation has been designed to deepen students’ understanding of mass.

Mrs. Eco, the school principal, is determined to reduce the amount of waste being thrown away by your school. In order to take action, she first needs to know how much waste the school is throwing away.

In this investigation, the students must measure and record the classroom waste for each class in their school. They must then present their data as a column graph to be presented to Mrs. Eco for further analysis.

This teaching resource includes:

  • teacher notes, detailing a range of important information about the investigation
  • a detailed description of the investigation for students, including step-by-step instructions
  • various recording worksheets
  • reflection questions.

Read our blog 45 Sustainable Practices for the Environmentally Friendly Classroom for more tips and ideas for teaching the principles of Sustainability.

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