A standard question at our local grocery stores here in North Carolina used to be, “Paper or plastic?” Now I’m more likely to be asked, “Is plastic okay?” Of course if I were on the ball I’d have my own cloth totes with me. Right? Recently I was totally surprised to have my purchases from one of favorite stores (that would be Target!) packed in a paper bag. Plastic was not an option. The same thing occurred at Marshalls, a discount clothing store. This happened while I was visiting family in Portland, Oregon. I have since learned that both Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington, have paper bag legislation. I had no idea!
So why am I rambling on about paper bags? You guessed it! Today, July 12, is Paper Bag Day. It’s simply a day to stop and recognize the significance of an invention that has been around for years (the first paper bag machine was patented in 1852) and can easily be taken for granted. I say let’s also make it a day for teachers to share their favorite paper bag projects. Here are a few of mine. (Click the picture to find directions.)
What’s your favorite way to use paper bags in the classroom?
Three cheers for paper bags!
PS: To find more classroom uses for paper bags click HERE.