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What is fracking?
A type of agriculture
A technique that hackers use
A way to get gas out of shale rock

What is combination food?
Food that combines elements from different culinary traditions
Food that can be eaten for any meal of the day
Food that is made up of foods from more than one food group

What is the theme for the 2014 Painting Competition?
Food Waste
Air Pollution
Keep Our Oceans Clean

Wild Science

Biologist Michael DorcasDid you know that Dolphins Name Themselves? Science News for Kids, sciencenewsforkids.org, keeps you informed about discoveries and inventions happening every day. Learn how A Warming Life Jacket invented by a teen in South Africa can save lives. Visit Extra to see what other young scientists are working on. Search for Cool Jobs and you’ll discover how Wild Science can get! Can you imagine making breakfast and having a polar bear poke his nose in your window? This happened to hydrologist Kathy Young while working in the Arctic.

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Healthy Kids

boy skateboardingMyPlate Kids’ Place, choosemyplate.gov/kids, teaches healthy habits through fun and games. Play Nutrition Sudoku in Games, then Blast Off to Planet Power in your MyPlate Spaceship. Take the Fuel-Up Challenge and try to win the gold medal in Track & Field. Can you crack the Secret Code? Download Activity Sheets to see. Listen to some tunes and learn On the Go Snack tips in Videos and Songs. Kid chefs share their favorite treats in Recipes. Part of having a healthy lifestyle is staying fit. Move More has some great tips for when you head out to play.


Take Action

paintingUnited Nations Environmental Programme, Children and Youth, unep.org/tunza/children, unites children all over the world with the common goal of protecting the environment. Galleries display winning entries of previous International Children’s Painting Competitions. If you are an artist, visit Competitions to participate in the next contest. Entries are due by March 15, 2014. Stop by Actions and click on the map to see what kids are doing to preserve the environment. A girl in Australia created a website called Climate Girl to share important issues about climate change.

Speak Out

What is your favorite healthy snack?

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Protect Our Planet

You have probably heard of the 3 R’s – reduce, reuse and recycle – but actually putting them into practice can be a challenge, especially if you’re not sure how to start. Recycling is a great first step, since so many schools and communities provide recycling bins for common items like paper, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. For other items, you may need to collect and drop them off at a recycling center or have them picked up by a curbside recycling service. For information on how to recycle different materials and to find recycling options near you, visit earth911.com/recycling.

The other two R’s focus on creating less waste. Although many items can be recycled, it’s even better to reduce how many of these products you use. For example, buying bottled water can be convenient, but it also creates a lot of waste. Carrying a reusable water bottle with you is a simple way to reduce and reuse, and it can even save you and your parents money. For more ideas on how to use the 3 R’s, go to epa.gov/recycle.

—Amy

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