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© 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.