Details for Kids Scoop ER 4/10/19

© 2019 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 35, No. 18

Earth Month
Scavenger Hunt

Have fun, get outside, get
moving and help out the planet
earth by going for a walk to pick
up litter in your neighborhood
with your family. Wear rubber
gloves and be careful!
How many plastic
bottles did you
pick up?
Litter is stuff that is on the
ground and in the water that
shouldn’t be there. Litter is a big, yucky
problem. Some of it is killing animals and
poisoning our planet.
The good news is that everyone can
help solve the litter problem!
How?
Put trash in cans where it belongs.
Pick up litter when you see it. Put the litter
in the proper place.
Reduce the number of things you use
that get thrown away after one use.
Teach others!

Graph That Trash!

Look at the bits of trash on this page. Make a graph to
show how much of each type of trash you found.

How many
aluminum cans did
you pick up?

Bamboo = Nature’s Straw
Plastic straws are bad news. They are causing
many problems for the environment. Birds and
fish think they are food. But eating plastic
straws can kill them. Plastic straws also
clog our drains and waterways causing
flooding. And a bunch of old straws
littering streets and waterways looks ugly.

How many pieces
of waste paper did
you pick up?

The good news is that nature has a
natural straw! Straws made of bamboo
don’t hurt animals. If they end up in the
trash, they decompose like all natural
materials.

How many glass
bottles did you
pick up?

Bamboo straws can also be used, cleaned
and then used again and again. One straw
can be used as much as ____________ times!
(Color the even-numbered squares green to
reveal the answer.)

PLASTIC

METAL

FOOD

Whale Tragedy

PAPER

7
3
5
9
5
7
9

OTHER

5
2
6
6
4
8
1

1
5
1
5
7
5
9

3
8
2
8
6
4
7

5
2
9
7
3
6
7

9
4
6
4
8
2
5

5
7
5
9
3
3
1

9
6
2
8
4
2
3

7
2
1
3
5
6
5

5
6
4
8
2
4
3

1
9
7
3
5
7
1

5
2
4
6
8
4
7

3
2
7
5
9
4
5

5
6
8
4
2
2
7

9
5
7
1
1
3
9

Replace the missing words.

The result of plastic _____________ of the ocean was recently found in a young whale found dead in the
Philippines. According to marine biologists who ________________ the dead whale, 88lbs (40kg) of
plastic bags were __________________ by the whale and found in its stomach. Disposable shopping
___________, 16 rice sacks and commercial bags from banana plantations
were included. The haul was described as “disgusting.” Many
marine mammals are found dead after ___________ discarded
____________. It is a problem that must be
addressed if marine life is to survive.

The Good
Life

Look through the
newspaper for pictures
of things and words
that describe things
that make your life
good. Cut these out
and make a collage.
Standards Link: Research:
Use the newspaper to
locate information.

There could already be 150 million tons of plastic litter in the
world’s oceans. That’s the same weight as 25 million of these
large animals. If they stood in a line it would be 124,274 miles
(200,000 km) long. It would go around the world five times.
To find out what kind of animal, unscramble the letters on
the correct path.
B
Y
L
V

Z

E

C

K

J

U

R

K

P

E
P

M

H
A

Standards Link: Follow simple written directions.

S
N

T

WATERWAYS
ELEPHANTS
PLASTIC
NATURE
LITTER
OCEANS
PROPER
DRAINS
TRASH
STRAW
TEACH
SOLVE
UGLY
HURT
CLOG

Find the words in the puzzle.
How many of them can you
find on this page?

How many plastic
straws did you
pick up?

Litterati: The APP
for Planet Warriors
Do you think litter is ugly and
bad for the planet? Do you
want to be a part of making
the planet a cleaner, healthier
place? Now there is an APP
for that!

Litterati.org has developed an
app that asks people to collect,
photograph and geotag litter
and contribute that data to a
global database that tracks and
analyzes the world’s litter
problem. With the extensive
data this citizen science
project can provide, litter
policies can be created that
will make a difference.

S E S O L V E S G W
Y L N T C T O E O A
A E I P C E R T L R
W P A T I U A A C T
R H R E T H H N S S
E A D A S E U I S H
T N N C A G R R S P
A T R H L O B L T E
W S M Y P R O P E R
Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical
words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

This week’s word:

DECOMPOSE

The verb decompose means
to break down in decaying.
The leaves were left to
decompose in the
compost heap.
Use the word decompose in
a sentence today when talking
with your friends and family.

What does
“green” mean?

Environmental News

Make a chart with four columns. Label them:
Threats to the Environment, Natural
Resources, Ways to Save Energy, and Items
to Recycle. Look through the newspaper for
one month to find relevant articles to paste
into each column.

ANSWER: Laboratory retrievers.

Standards Link: Reading: Extract information from text.

What does the term “green”
mean when used to describe
businesses and lifestyles? What
do you do that is “green”?

NIE SpoNSorS

Rotary Club of Hanford Sunset

Suzanne Marienau
Cardoza, O.D.

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