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Clean Rivers For All

Rivers provide food and drinking water, transport and economic welfare, entertainment and relaxation. They may be clean or polluted, depending on how people, industry and government use, disregard, rehabilitate and protect them. Post reprints and suggested activities examine plastics, ghost ships, revival of coral reefs and fish; citizen science and methods provide opportunities.

NIE Curriculum Guides

Many health issues provide stimulus for lessons in economics, privacy vs. public health concerns, illegal vs. legal transport of goods and medicines, laws and ethics. This guide focuses on the current news: an outbreak of mumps in the Midwest and the spread of the H5N1 strain of the influenza virus. The concerns about avian flu also provide opportunity to teach students about the Spanish Flu that killed more than 50 million people around the world and to introduce students to careers in virology and epidemiology.

Do you know the history and current shape of the rivers near you? From the Potomac and Anacostia rivers to the mighty Mississippi to the wild and scenic rivers of the West, Americans are gifted with life-giving water that should not be polluted, whose infrastructure requires maintenance and updating, and whose salinity must be addressed. In addition to Post reprints, activities include Think Like a Reporter, role play, salt tolerance lab, word find, research and writing suggestions.

Brain damage, a new competitive sport, advocacy advertisements, elder boom and young worker shortage, current global and national issues, our relationship with words and kids and an appreciation of Toni Morrison are covered in this month’s guide with suggested activities for using the Post reprints.

Threatened, endangered and surviving but facing uncommon attacks, animals are at risk. Activities and articles include laws and regulations in Laos and Australia, research using chimps in Africa, aging elephants at the National Zoo and birds who have adapted to cold weather. Teachers Notes provide different approaches across disciplines.

Campaign 2016

Campaign 2016 provides avenues for diverse study. At the foundation are candidates’ speeches, actions and policies, and party platforms. Understanding polls and their influence, analyzing political cartoons and political ads and using social media form another strand of study. Considering bellwether Indiana towns and a Virginia town that lacks enough candidates to run for office, defining issues and using original documents offer more challenges for students.