Environmental Science,

Attention is turned to the unexpected, unusual and rare on land, in the air and within the waters of the world. KidsPost and World articles capture students’ imaginations and a beach sand lab stimulates discoveries. Students use venery, study an elephant’s trunk and vampire bats’ kindness, and meet an octopus teacher. They delve into sea snot, ghost nets and dark splotches. 

At home more people are walking, biking, hiking and camping, giving that segment of the economy a boost. While visits to museums are non-existent or severely limited during the pandemic, exhibits, tours and interactive activities have moved online for world-wide access. Ecotourism addresses questions surrounding sustainability, benefits and drawbacks, conservation and survival. People need updates to make real decisions.

Students and teachers join in celebrating 20 years of KidsPost. They are encouraged to write profiles, news stories and comic strips; create Gyotaku prints; meet young activists; and publish a newspaper. Students also observe Bethany Beach fireflies and learn the physics of roller coasters, Ferris wheels and observation wheels. 

Clean rivers require awareness of what our actions can do to them. They may be polluted by carelessness or intent. They may be monitored by volunteers — citizen scientists, revived, used and enjoyed. Government, businesses, communities and individuals all have roles.

 

Animals who have adapted or face survival in fires. Animals in zoos and animal farms. Animals used for research and abandoned. Animals who are hunted, legally and illegally. In one way or another humans impact and respond to animals at risk.

With lesson suggestions, discussion questions and research prompts learn about cocoa and chocolate for possible health benefit, the cause of deforestation and cocoa farmers’ continued use of child labor.

Clean, fresh water is essential for life and an enhancement of recreation and business development. The needs to preserve and improve river quality and to maintain and update river infrastructure cannot be ignored without affecting people, lands and water.

The introduction of competitive sports and inspiration from the athletes’ life stories, economics and personal finance, geography, physics and civics concepts emerge naturally from media coverage of the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

Citizens of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands are U.S. citizens — what does this mean for relations and rights? U.S. territories, commonwealths, compacts of free association and possessions provide opportunities to study issues of economic responsibility, national sovereignty, self-determination and human rights.

  Having accurate and lucid weather information is essential to the safety, economic viability and comfort of a community. Severe weather, in addition to the immeasurable loss of life, costs billions in loss of personal and business property. The Post's Capital Weather Gang provides weather information through multiple platforms.

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