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Environmental issues are often at odds with commerce. In the case of packaging, while environmentally friendly packaging is socially responsible, it is often hard to do in a cost effective manner. In this lesson, students have to balance the need for secure packaging with environmental and economic concerns. They will work together in groups of 3–4 students to create a mailing package for a fragile substance. In this case, students will be using a cookie as their substance. After the packages are finished, take them to the post office and mail them back to the students. When the packages arrive, schedule a second session to evaluate the results. Students will score their packages using a rubric. . BY ERIN DENNISTON Provided by Kenan Fellows Program.


  • Mathematics > General
  • Mathematics > Measurement
  • Science > General
  • Science > Ecology
  • Science > General Science
  • Science > Process Skills
  • Education > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5
  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


packaging promotion mailing environment design economic



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Update Standards?

SCI.5.4.A: Science

collect, record, and analyze information using tools, including calculators, microscopes, cameras, computers, hand lenses, metric rulers, Celsius thermometers, prisms, mirrors, pan balances, triple beam balances, spring scales, graduated cylinders, beakers, hot plates, meter sticks, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and stopwatches; and materials to support observations of habitats or organisms such as terrariums and aquariums; and
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2011-10-25.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This lesson from a website has students balancing economic and environmental issues as they try to come up with novel ways to package and mail fragile items (cookies, in this instance). The students must explicitly consider cost and environmental cost issues; their reward is to receive the cookies in the mail and presumably eat them if they arrive intact.

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