Distribute the Classroom Paper Activity Sheet early in the school week, perhaps on a Monday. Ask students about the many ways they use paper in the classroom.
Classroom Paper Activity Sheet
Have them record on the activity sheet their predictions for the
number of pieces of paper each will use during the day. Help students
date each entry. Students should keep the activity sheet available
during the day and record a tally mark each time they use a sheet of
At the end of the day, have students count their tally marks and record that data as a numeral in the chart.
Each day for the next four days, have students repeat the
preceding directions. They may want to consider their estimates on the
basis of the results of the previous days.
When the data collection is completed, students should create a line
graph on the activity sheet as a way of displaying the data. Students
should answer question 2 on the activity sheet as a way of interpreting
their own graphs.
Next, each student should write two questions for a partner to
answer (see question 3.) Students should exchange their activity sheets
with a partner to answer the other's questions.
Discuss some of the observations, questions, and answers. Have
each student answer question 4 and share the answer with a small group.
Discuss the findings in general.
- Were the results surprising?
- Do students think they are using too much paper?
- What are some ideas for saving paper?
Have each student write a plan for saving paper in the classroom
by answering question 5. Ask students how they will implement their
- Shaw, Jean M. and Firkins, John. September, 1993. The Arithmetic Teacher. p 27-40.