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Biodegradable QR Code Math Graph

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A classroom investigation using QR codes and bar code scanners to determine how long it takes for different items to biodegrade. Then students will use the data to make a bar graph either by coloring …

A classroom investigation using QR codes and bar code scanners to determine how long it takes for different items to biodegrade. Then students will use the data to make a bar graph either by coloring the bars or by recording the information (and a written paragraph) on a word document. Sample pictures are included.

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  • 1. Name ______________________ Date________________________ Living in the LandfillHow long does it take each item to biodegrade?Predict the order from least time to most time that you think it will take eachitem. On the box in front of each item, write a number from 1 to 8 to show thefastest to the slowest biodegradable item. My Item Weeks? Months? Years? Prediction Cardboard Milk Carton Paper Banana Peels Aluminum Cans Cigarette Butts Plastic Grocery Bags Plastic Cup StyrofoamUse the iPad barcode scanner “Neo Reader” to find your answers.Mark it in the proper column—does it biodegrade in weeks, months, or years.What did you discover? Was there anything that surprised you?Answer the questions on the back of this sheet:We are going to use this data to make a graph!!
  • 2. What did you discover? Was there anything that surprised you?Write at least 4 detail sentences about what you discovered and what wassurprising.1.2.3.4.Include a fifth sentence about something you learned about landfills and theenvironment. How might this change the choices you make?5.
  • 3. Environmental Education QR Codes Quizzes: Living in the Landfill A plastic cup takes ____ years to decompose. From http://www.theplastiki.com/ Banana peels take ____ weeks to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005) Paper takes ____ months to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005)
  • 4. Cardboard milk cartons take ___ years to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005) Cigarette butts take ___ years to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005) Plastic grocery bags take ____ years to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005)
  • 5. Aluminum cans take ____ years to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005)Styrofoam cups take ____ years to biodegrade. From Planet Patrol: A Kids’ ActionBuide to Care for the Earth by Marybeth Lorbiecki (2005)
  • 6. Living in the Landfill By ________ On _______ One of the things we did for Math Month was to see how long items live in the landfill. We used the _____ to read __________ to see how long it takes different items to ___________________. Below is the graph that shows what we found. I was surprised to learn __________________________. I was also surprised that ______________________________________. Now that I know all of this, I _______________________________________. NEVER 200 to 500 years 100 to 200 yearsLength of Time It Takes Items to Biodegrade 50 to 100 years 30 to 50 years 20 to 30 years 15 to 20 years 12 to 15 years 8 to 11 years 5 to 8 years 2 to 5 years 1 to 2 years 2 to 12 months 6 wks to 2 months 2 to 5 weeks 0 to 1 week Cardboard Sheet of Banana Aluminum Cigarette Plastic Plastic Cup Styrofoam Milk Cartons Paper Peels Cans Butts Grocery Bag Items We Use & How Long It Takes Them to Biodegrade
  • 7. Student Sample—Rough Draft prior to taking it to the computer lab to fill in the word template
  • 8. Student Sample—Final project