Be inspired by the paper bag. Black Friday usually marks the start of holiday shopping. This year many stores are opening on Thursday. Give students the opportunity to “Respect the Turkey,” save the environment, and design a gift by offering them the opportunity to participate in the “Paper Bag” Challenge.
Kick-off the event with one or both of these books.
1. Did you know that Margaret Knight invented the machine for folding flat-bottom paper bags? These machines are still used today, and she didn’t stop there. This amazing woman received over 20 patents and conceive almost 100 different inventions and all during the 1800’s! In the Bag!: Margaret Knight Wraps It Up written by Monica Kulling is a wonderful biography for all ages.
2. Robert Munsch’ The Paper Bag Princess is another must read aloud. Princess Elizabeth is resourceful in a humorous fashion. This fairy tale provides a great twist and lesson for all.
Task: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. Did you know that if every household reused a paper grocery bag 60,000 tress would be saved? Help reduce your family’s environmental footprint this holiday season by redefining a paper bag(s) into an original, ingenious gift! Make a present for someone using a paper bag(s).
Share this video, Ideas Recycling Bottles, to activate creative thinking for students.
“You got this in the bag!”