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Friday Puzzle

Happy Friday the 13th everyone! To commemorate we have an extra mathey puzzle for you number folks out there. The great thing about this puzzle is there are several ways to solve it.

Leave your answers in the comments to win some SOLARO prizes.

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Summer Boredom Blaster: Making Recycled Paper

In this new series of SOLARO blog entries, we are going to explore some fun, exciting, and easy ways to ensure that students keep learning through the summer.  Over the next few months, SOLARO is going to publish one fun activity per week, taken from our vast pool of resources, which are usually only available to SOLARO subscribers. We believe our content is superior to all other online learning resources on the Internet; therefore, we are so excited to be able to share a little bit with our blog readers. 

So stay tuned and get your kids involved in some brain-stimulating activities that are so fun they are sure to drag them away from the video games, at least for a while.

Everyone has heard of the three Rs: reduce, reuse, and recycle. Using the three Rs in daily life can help you reduce the amount of waste you produce and help protect the environment.

The average family in America throws away 1 200 pounds of paper! Currently, only 10% of that paper is recycled.  Increasing our use of recycled paper is a great way to reduce how much waste we produce. Also, remember to recycle paper when you are done with it.  Doing both these things is a great way to cut through the amount of paper that ends up in landfills.

Recycling Paper

Paper cannot be recycled forever, because each time paper is recycled the fibers grow shorter and shorter. These fibers are what keep the paper together. That is why most recycled paper is a mixture of new and recycled fibers.

Did you know you can make your own recycled paper? Here is a fun activity you can do at home!

Try using different leaves, flowers, and other scraps to make different kinds of paper. You can use this paper for craft projects, letter writing, birthday cards, or whatever you like!