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Lesson: Copy Machine Challenge
Grade Level: 3-5
Skills: multiplication, division, number sense

The school is determining how much paper to order for the copy machine. Ms. Jones, the office manager figured out how much paper was used each day by the teachers. This is what she discovered.

Monday 150 sheets
Tuesday 300 sheets
Wednesday 450 sheets
Thursday 300 sheets
Friday 150 sheets

Problem: Using this data, can you decide how much paper to order for the four weeks of school?

Extra Challenge: Paper costs $12/ream, which is 500 sheets. How much money will the school need to spend on paper for the month?

Extra Challenge 2: The machine uses a new toner cartridge every 1500 sheets it prints, how many toner cartridges will it need over the four weeks?

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