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PreK-8 Activity 51 - Make Your Own Paper

PreK-8 Activity 51 - Make Your Own Paper

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My Garbology - We toss items into the trash every day – about 4.4 pounds per person per day, on average. With garbology, the study of waste, students can learn about waste reduction and steps they can take to reduce the amount of trash on the planet. This website’s interactive interface allows students to learn about the recycling, reusing, composting, and disposing of several everyday items.

Paper Making Video (about 5 minutes), produced by AF&PA in partnership with PLT, Sidwell Friends School, and Smurfit-Stone

Earth & Sky Radio Show Correlations
This activity can be supplemented with related Earth & Sky radio show audio and transcripts, available for free download, for use in your classroom.
- Jeremy O’Brien on Why Some Items Can be Recycled, but Others Not  (2008) 

Reading Connections
How Paper is Made. Curtis, Neil and Peter Greenland. ISBN 0822523760. Publisher: Lerner. 1992. Describes how paper is made, beginning in a forest and ending in a paper mill. Grades K-3. 

Making Books That Fly, Fold, Wrap, Hide, Pop Up, Twist & Turn. Diehn, Gwen. ISBN 1579903266. Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Incorporated. 2006. This book’s projects showcase a host of features and magically unfold like a map, contain cards that slip into pockets, include pop-ups perfect for celebrating all types of occasions, and tell stories on a scroll. Students will enjoy choosing the style that's just right for what they want to say and do. Grades 5+.

Paper by Kids. Grummer, Arnold E. ISBN 0875181910. Publisher: Dillon Press. 1980. Step-by-step instructions for various methods of making decorative paper using materials found around the house and simple equipment that can be bought or constructed. Grades 1+. 

From Tree to Paper. Marshall, Pam. ISBN 082250720X. Publisher: Sundance. 2002. An exciting photo-essay book explaining how trees are made into paper. This book carefully explains the papermaking process so children understand how changes in matter occur. Grades PreK-2. 

Recycled Paper: From Start to Finish. Woods, Samuel G. ISBN 1567113958. Publisher: Gale Group. 2000. Demonstrates how waste paper is recycled into useful household products at the Marcal paper mill. Grades 2-7. 

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