Lesson 20
Shipping Trash
Lesson Purpose
Lesson Narrative
This lesson uses the structure of the first lesson in this section where students estimated how much milk different groups of students drink in a day and then how many days it would take the students to drink specified amounts of milk. In this lesson, students make similar estimates and calculations, but now they are estimating the volume of recyclable garbage students at their school produce. Continuing the context of the previous lesson as well as the large numbers, students start to conceptualize how much recyclable garbage the United States produces and ships overseas. They first encountered this context at the end of the first unit and now can use the whole number multiplication and division strategies they learned in this unit to study the situation in greater depth. Because there are a lot of estimates involved, students also see a quotient of numbers much larger than they have seen to this point. They find the value of this quotient using known facts and reasoning about place value.
Throughout the lesson, students make estimates and simplifying assumptions in order to answer complex mathematical questions (MP4).
 Engagement
 MLR1
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Estimate and calculate products and quotients of whole numbers.
Student Facing
 Let’s estimate volumes.
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Gather a small recycle bin or trash can and a large recycle bin or trash can.
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  15 min 
Activity 2  20 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Suggested Centers
 Mystery Number (1–4), Stage 6: Decimals (Supporting)
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