Scientific notation with very large and very small numbers is practiced while learning about water conservation in this environmental mini-lesson. Students will consider the ways in which they and their families use water, examine sources of water and its use around the world, and learn some practical ways to conserve this vital resource. The math component includes multiplication of large numbers and expressing the results in scientific notation, as well as the conversion of small numbers to scientific notation. Students practice writing numbers in both standard and scientific notation and in words. Complete answer keys are included.
The conservation lesson can be taught without the optional math problems.
Other Environmental Math
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In Greenhouse Gases and Carbon Footprints
students calculate their carbon footprints and then determine mean, median, and mode for the class and create histograms.
Surface Area, Best Buy, and Precycling
is a lesson in which students determine which size cereal package has the most efficient packaging and costs the least per unit.
The Costs of Bottled Water
encourages the choice of reusable water bottles and cups through education.
In Data Collection, Graphing, and Analysis of Vehicle Idling
students collect data on vehicle idling around the school, graph and analyze the data, and learn why vehicle idling is harmful to the environment.
In The Benefits of Trees with Coordinate Grid Activity
students learn about the importance of trees in our neighborhoods and use a coordinate grid to place plantings around a house to achieve energy efficiency.
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