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Title of the Experience
Saving materials when working with paper
Name of the teacher
Agnieszka Gołembiewska
Country where it took place
School typology
Primary school
Thematic Area
Experience typology
Teaching in class
Type of contact
Description of the Experience
While working with children in Grade 4 I noticed the problem of wasteful use of paper during cutting elements of a certain shape and size. When a task required cutouts such as circle with a diameter of 9 cm, the students put the compasses almost the middle of the cards, drew the circle, cut it out and the rest of the A4cartoon was thrown in the trash.
Solving the problem was based on a specific task to cut out from the cardboard as many wheels having a diameter of 9 cm. Children noticed that you can cut from one up to six wheels from such a sheet. As a result of discussion and citing various examples (roofer covering the roofs with sheets of metal, plumber cutting pipe pieces, carpenter cutting wood boards or tiler cutting expensive tile, or stonemason expensive granite or tailor cutting material for blouses) students have noticed the benefits of the economic use of materials due to the cost of purchasing paper, ecology (less forests cut), etc.
Currently, children know that we start cutting out "from the edge" do not throw away the rest of the sheet, as it can still be useful to carry out other work.

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Date: 2014.10.02

Posted by Anna Bańkowska (Poland)

It is very good idea for the skillful management of the material in class. It teaches students good organization of work and well-considered planning of work.

Date: 2014.09.27

Posted by Anna Bańkowska (Poland)

Bardzo dobry pomysł na umiejętne gospodarowanie materiałem na zajęciach. Uczy uczniów dobrej organizacji pracy i przemyślanego jej planowania.


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