Green Team Gazette 3.8 April 2011


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Green Team Gazette
Season 3, Issue 8
Apr. 2011

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Green Team Gazette 3.8 April 2011

  1. 1. Hip Hip Hooray…It’s Earth Day Everyone loves an acrostic Acrostic, you say, what’s that? Read the letters down. The words say “Earth Day.” Have your youngsters Decide what they want to share that fit the letters, And then have them write about Earth Day. You’ll be impressed with what they create! Earth Day Math Page, and Answer Key Get the critical thinking skills a-brewing with your youngsters with page 2 of the Green Team Gazette. Put them to work not only learning about Earth Day, but also the ideas that back this environmental awareness day! Answers: 1. 100 x 60 = ,6000 trees per hour; 24 x 6,000 + 144,000 trees per day 2. 7 x 300,000,000 = 2,100,000,000 trees per year 3. Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 5 min. showers for 4 people (5 x 5) x 4 = 100 200 300 400 500 600 700 Daily baths for 4 people 50 x 4 = 200 400 600 800 1,000 1,200 1,400 4. Material Millions of Tons Made Millions of Tons Recycled The Difference between the two (in Millions of Tons) Paper 77.8 26.5 51.3 Aluminum 3.0 1.1 1.9 Glass 13.7 3.0 10.7 Plastic 19.3 0.7 18.6 Yard Waste 32.8 6.5 26.3 The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 8, page 1 April 2011 100 Going Loftily With The Lorax "I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues." “Unless someone like you cares a whole Awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not” ~Dr. Seuss, The Lorax Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax has become known as a classic tale of environmentalism…with themes of deforestation, over-consumption and over-production, conservation, and air & water pollution. Pepper in a side of greed (a different kind of “green”) and a look at responsibility and a need to take a stand. Sounds like Earth Day, April 22nd , to me! If you are looking for some ways to weave The Lorax into your Earth Day activities, any of the 4 sites below would be excellent for lesson plans, activities, and inspiration. Check it out! Click “Join the Lorax” sroom/educatorlorax_discuss.php seuss-birthday/printables/the-lorax.html 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 and also on Twitter. Please print on recycled paper. Copyright © 2011 Vicki Dabrowka Each day in the chart represents the cumulative total since the numbers per day are identical to Day 1.
  2. 2. Name __________________ Date _____________ Earth Day Math April 22, 1970 is when it all began...Earth Day! That very first Earth Day had more than 20,000,000 people taking part in the celebration. Since then, environmental awareness has continued to grow in the USA! Use some of your math skills, paper, pencil, and maybe even a calculator to find the answer to these Earth Day Math Mind-bogglers! 1. Picture a rainforest. They cover only a small part of our planet, but they are the home of half the world's plants and animals. Rainforests are being cut down at the rate of about 100 trees per minute. At this rate, how many are cut down every hour? ____ What about every day? _________ 2. The average American uses 7 trees a year in paper, wood, and other products. Yikes! But even more “yikes”...about how many trees would be cut down if there are about 300 million Americans using all that paper? 3. When you shower, you use 5 gallons of water every minute. Most people take 5 minute showers. A bath uses 50 gallons of water. How many gallons of water would a family of 4 use in a week taking either showers or baths (assuming they each take one each day)? Fill in the chart Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5 Day 6 Day 7 5 minute showers for 4 people Daily baths for 4 people 4. Here are the materials made (in millions of tons) in one year in the U.S. as well as how much of each is recycled. Complete the table by finding the difference between the amount of waste we make & the amount of waste we recycled. (Use the extra space or back to write out the problems.) Material Millions of Tons Made Millions of Tons Recycled The Difference between the two (in Millions of Tons) Paper 77.8 26.5 Aluminum 3.0 1.1 Glass 13.7 3.0 Plastic 19.3 0.7 Yard Waste 32.8 6.5 The Green Team Gazette Volume 3, Issue 8 , page 2 April 2011 Copyright © 2011 Vicki Dabrowka