Green Team Gazette 3.2 October 2010


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Green Team Gazette
Season 3, Issue 2
Oct. 2010

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Green Team Gazette 3.2 October 2010

  1. 1. A Li’l Boat Named Plastiki For 4 months this summer, the Plastiki, led by David de Rothschild and Jo Royle, traversed the Pacific Ocean from San Francisco, CA to Sydney, Australia. Not your normal sailing vessel, the Plastiki is a catamaran constructed from 12,500 plastic water bottles. Their mission: to show you can make something out of reusable, usable materials while also showcasing the Eastern Garbage Patch of plastic trash garbage, deteriorating out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. To download a Kids’ “Fun Pack” from the Plastiki to educate your young ones, go to http://www.the plasticsissues/. Of particular interest is the map on page 3: “The Plastiki Plastic Map.” This is a GREAT map to turn into an educational, math game! Print, have kids grab game-markers and either subtraction or division flash cards, then team up kids to be game partners. Use the hash-marks on the Plastiki Plastic Map as game spaces. As kids take turns drawing flash cards, have them move the number of spaces of their math answer. When you hit the proverbial “fork in the road,” have kids take the curly-cue, longer route unless their math facts have them land on the hash-mark closest to the initial “T” in the words “Tentative Route of the Plastiki.” In that case, the straighter, shorter route is his/her route to success. A player wins when he/she is wiser, and reaches Australia!! The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 2, page 1 October 2010 A River Runs Through It Looking for- ward to a little educa- tional humor about how trash starts in your back yard and winds up in the ocean? Check out “Sherman’s Lagoon” by Jim Toomey. Here, Jim Toomey shows a comic strip path of how pollution gets from point A to point B in a humorous (yet, eye-opening) way: cartonist-explains-the-pacific-garbage-patch-with- talking-sealife-slideshow.php If I Were A River Share this poem with your class, for discussion, dictation, or hand- writin activity. Or, as a class, add a few stanzas of your own to make a bigger, better poem. Picture from my camera from the “Wonders of Water WOW!” exhibit at Baltimore’s Port Discovery Children’s Museum …great detailed image of all the many components of the Water Cycle! (Showing the good, the bad, and the ugly…not just the limited “precipitation, evaporation, condensation” cycle of days gone by!). The Green Team Gazette is a publication co-sponsored by the founders of CynerGreen CGKidz, and Eagle Cove School (formerly “Gibson Island Country School”), a Green School in Pasadena, Maryland. Our mission is to educate and share ways to “go green”—both big & small-- and be environ-mentally-proactive at home, in school, and beyond. It is written by Vicki Dabrowka, 3rd grade teacher & co-Green Team Leader at Eagle Cove School. To learn more visit,, and You can also follow us at or find us at “Green Team Gazette” on Facebook. Please print on recycled paper. Copyright © 2010 Vicki Dabrowka If I were a river, Rambling I would be, Flowing down the mountains To my mouth down by the sea. If I were a river Boats would travel me, Taking people and some cargo Everywhere they need to be. If I were a river I hope that I would see An end to all our pollution And people taking care of me.
  2. 2. Name ________________________ Date ______________________ Place Value Using Famous Rivers of the World Rivers are remarkable! They are a vital for the water cycle. They form the habitat for many fresh water creatures, which in turn benefits other creatures that live nearby. Rivers also provide us with drinkable water. We all need healthy rivers, and we all need to be a part of that. “Boundaries don't protect rivers, people do”. ~Brad Arrowsmith, Landowner along the Niobrara River, Nebraska Use the Table of Rivers to complete the questions below. 1. Write the length of the Yukon River in expanded form. 2. Which river is 1,100 miles longer than the Indus River? 3. If you added the length of the Murray and the Darling Rivers, what would the total length be? Show your work. 4. Pick any two rivers to add together. What is their total? Show your work. River 1: _______________ River 2: _______________ 5. How much longer is the Mississippi River than the Mackenzie River. Show your work. Use <, >, or = to compare the following: Show your equation. 6. Danube River versus Ob River 7. Amazon River versus Huang He River The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 2 , page 2 October 2010 Principle Rivers of the World Approx length mi. Nile 4,180 Amazon 3,912 Mississippi- Missouri- Red Rock 3,710 Chang Jiang (Yangtze) 3,602 Ob 3,459 Huang He (Yellow) 2,900 Paraná 2,795 Zaire (Congo) 2,716 Mackenzie 2,635 Niger 2,600 Volga 2,291 Yukon 1,979 Indus 1,800 Danube 1,766 Darling 1,702 Murray 1,609 Ganges 1,557 Orinoco 1,281 Rhine 820 Copyright © 2010 Vicki Dabrowka