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Is Bigger Always Better?

Lesson Description:
  • Identify and describe how an individual’s action in regards to bulk buying can affect change and improve the environment.
  • Explain the need to understand the cost of a product in relation to the number of servings it provides.
  • Collect, record, organize, interpret and analyze data and draw logical conclusions.
  • Communicate their ideas in writing and inform readers about their conclusion on buying in bulk to improve the environment.

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion
  • Group Work
  • Other

Sustainability Topic:
  • Waste Reduction

GEF Program Category:
  • Waste Reduction Challenge

Standards Addressed:
Geography Standard 16: Understand the changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution and importance of resources.
  • Benchmark # 5: Know advantages and disadvantages of recycling and reusing different types of materials.

Geography Standard 18: Understand global development and environmental issues.
  • Benchmark # 2: Know ways in which resources can be managed and why it is important to do so (e.g., conservation practices, recycling non-renewable resources).

Economics Standard 2: Understand characteristics of different economic systems, institutions and economic advantages.
  • Benchmark # 4: Know households (i.e., individuals or family units), as consumers, buy goods and services from businesses.

Mathematics Standard 3: Use basic and advanced procedures while performing the processes of computation.
  • Benchmark # 1: Multiply and divide whole numbers.
  • Benchmark # 8: Solve real-world problems involving number operations (e.g., computations with dollars and cents).

Language Arts Standard 8: Use listening and speaking strategies for different purposes.
  • Benchmark # 3: Respond to questions and comments (e.g., gives reasons in support of opinions).

Materials Needed:
  • Data Collection Worksheet from previous lesson
  • Disposable plastic drink bottle from previous lesson
  • "Juice Data Collection" Worksheet provided
  • Pencils
  • Large plastic juice bottle with cap and seal
  • Box of single serve drink packets, empty packet included
  • Empty can of juice concentrate, with cover and seal
  • Empty container of powder juice mix, with measuring cup, cover and seal
  • Scales, one per group

School or Group:
Green Education Foundation (GEF)
Contact Email:
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Is Bigger Always Better.pdf
Lesson Documents:
application/pdf Juice Data Collection.pdf

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