Chopsticks and the Future of China’s Forests: Using Mathematics to Look at the Future

GeoHistory
GeoSTEM
Lesson Plan Content
Description: 
In this lesson students estimate the number of disposable chopsticks that can be obtained from one cubic meter of wood and, from that information, determine the cubic meters of wood that China would use in a year under varying assumptions of reuse.
Author: 
Michael Baron
Grade Range: 
8
Duration: 
1 class period
Lesson Materials
Teacher Instructions: 
Standards
Arizona Geography Concepts: 
5: Environment and Society
National Geography Standards: 
14: How human actions modify the physical environment