Resources for PreK-8 Activity 93 – Paper Civilizations

Humans have always had a strong need to record the events of their lives. From cave painting to writing paper, humans have preserved their history in many ways. In this activity, students create a mural about the history of papermaking and discover how it has changed over time.

This is one of 96 activities that can be found in PLT’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide. To get the activity, attend a training either in person or online and receive PLT’s PreK-8 Guide. Below are some supporting resources for this activity. 


Download the copyright-free student pages that are included with this activity:

History of Papermaking (PDF)


Spanish Student Page(s):

La Historia de hacer Papel (PDF)


The following tools and resources may be used to enhance the activity.

  • Paper is Good. Pass It On

    To highlight the importance of paper in our lives, Domtar (a producer of pulp and paper products) created a Paper Because campaign featuring ads and a series of short videos to dispel some common myths about the environmental impact of paper and the use of paper in today’s digital age. “There are times when no substitute for paper will suffice; it is how great ideas begin, how the world learns, how important news gets shared and how people meaningfully connect with each other,” according to John D. Williams, Domtar President and CEO.