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        The Lowdown | The Math of Trash: Percents and Proportions

        In this video, use percentage and proportion to learn about climate change, composting, and zero waste. In the accompanying classroom activity, students estimate the percentage of various types of trash that they generate (e.g., paper, plastic) and calculate the pounds of each based on the United States daily average of 7 pounds per person. They display these figures in a pie chart and consider how the chart would change if they generated less trash. To get the most from this lesson, students should have some prior experience calculating percentages.

        The Math of Trash: A Music Video

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