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G5-6 Text Set: Climate Change

August 30, 2019

Rising temperatures. Intense droughts. Melting ice caps. Climate change and its effect on the planet are in the news quite often. This text set explores the theme of climate change by looking at its causes and at its impact around…

Environment

Forest on Fire

August 22, 2019

The Amazon rain forest is on fire. There are more fires burning there than ever before. That’s according to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research. Using satellites to track deforestation and wildfires, the agency has counted 74,155 fires in the…

Environment

Record-Breaking Heat

August 19, 2019

July 2019 was the hottest month ever recorded. That’s according to scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). NOAA announced its findings on August 15. The average worldwide temperature for July was 62.1°F. That’s.05°F higher than July 2016,…

Environment

Planting Seeds

July 30, 2019

On Monday, millions of people in Ethiopia planted more than 350 million trees in 12 hours. The event was part of the country’s Green Legacy Initiative. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed launched the initiative in May. He hopes to reverse the…

Community

Hope at Notre-Dame

June 17, 2019

On Saturday, the first mass was held at Notre-Dame cathedral since the church was ravaged by fire in April. The service took place in a small side chapel. For security reasons, only about 30 people were allowed to attend. They…

Environment

Climate Crisis

May 6, 2019

Nature is in more trouble now than ever before in human history. More than 1 million species are on the brink of extinction. And species loss is happening hundreds of times faster than it did in the past. All of…

Health

Outbreak

April 26, 2019

The number of measles cases in the United States continues to rise. As of April 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had recorded 626 cases of the disease this year. This is the second-highest number of…

History

Pictures of 2018

December 7, 2018

A lot happens in a year. There are happy moments and sad moments. There are reasons to celebrate and cry. There are big events and small ones. Some marvels are natural; others are human-made. Of course, 2018 was no…

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Technology

Lifesaving Drones

October 19, 2018

For several days, 2-year-old Ghislane had been screeching in pain. Fever racked her tiny body. A nurse at the local clinic in central Rwanda told her mother that Ghislane’s blood cells were being attacked by malaria. There was nothing the…

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Environment

Climate Crisis

October 12, 2018

The worst effects of climate change could happen sooner than expected. That’s the warning of a report released October 8 by the United Nations’ scientific panel on climate change. The panel included 91 scientists from 40 countries. They analyzed thousands…