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Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children

Cobblestone American History and Current Events for Kids and Children

April 2021
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COBBLESTONE is the award-winning and respected leader in the study of American history for young people. COBBLESTONE tells America’s story through a unique mix of captivating articles, lively graphics, historical photographs, primary sources, and maps. Each themed-issue examines historical events in detail making them exciting and relevant to today. A must-have for every history classroom and media center. Grades 5-9.

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Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Cricket Media, Inc.
Frequency:
Monthly
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9 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
getting started

There is no Planet B.” You may have seen that phrase on a bumper sticker or a poster. It is a reminder that Earth is the only planet we know of that sustains life. It is our collective home. So, we need to take care of it. The first conservation and preservation movement emerged more than 100 years ago. At that time, cities, industries, and factories were starting to change the natural landscape. Naturalists raised awareness about America’s unique places. They fought for natural and wild places to be protected before they were gone forever. Leaders listened. They passed laws that set aside national and state parks for the enjoyment of all. Then in the mid-1900s, a new generation of Americans was growing up. They fondly remembered their childhoods playing outside. But…

1 min.
a word about wording

Environmental scientists prefer climate change to global warming as the best description of what is happening on Earth today. Climate change refers to a vast change in Earth’s climate over long periods of time. It is reflected in different ways. Scientists view extreme weather patterns and events, such as droughts, heat waves, hurricanes, and floods as signs of climate change. Extreme temperatures and Earth’s rising surface temperature each year also are signs. Evidence of shrinking polar ice and glaciers and rising sea levels are more indications that Earth is facing a growing climate crisis. Scientists also agree that one of the major causes of climate change is an increase in pollution in the form of greenhouse gases. And the largest contributor to greenhouse gases is the burning of fossil fuels. Fossil…

7 min.
a call for action

Rachel Carson was a science writer widely respected for her books about Earth’s oceans. But she also devoted years to gathering scientific research that would awaken the public to the dangers of modern chemical pesticides. Her 1962 work, Silent Spring, became one of the most influential books of the 20th century. And it launched the modern environmental movement. Carson was born on May 27, 1907, in Springdale, Pennsylvania. “I was rather a solitary child,” she later wrote, “and spent a great deal of time in woods and beside streams.” Always an avid reader, Carson could “remember no time, even in earliest childhood, when I didn’t assume I was going to be a writer.” At age 11, she was thrilled to see her first story published in St. Nicholas children’s magazine. After high…

5 min.
senator nelson’s big idea

The plane’s engines roared as Senator Gaylord Nelson thumbed through the airline’s magazine. But his mind was not on the magazine’s articles. Instead, scenes of a disastrous oil spill off the shores of Santa Barbara, California, tumbled in his mind. Seals and seagulls smothered by oil. Suffocated fish bobbing on waves. Clumps of sticky oil coating miles of beaches. 200 gallons of spilled oil polluting the California shoreline. Nelson had seen all those images during a tour of the devastation. Ironically, he had just given a speech at a clean water conference. Now, he flipped through the magazine as he headed to his next environmental speaking engagement in Seattle, Washington. A Nature Lover From the Start As a child, Nelson had spent most of his free time in the forests and ponds surrounding his home…

4 min.
protective laws

The environmental movement in the 20th century saw the passage of some of the first national laws to protect the environment. Before these laws, almost no regulations were in place to prevent pollution or to protect the environment and the creatures that lived in it. Here’s a look at the major laws and treaties that have been passed. 1947 Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act puts the federal government in charge of overseeing the sale, distribution, and use of pesticides. Major amendments strengthening this law are passed in 1972, 1988, and 2003. 1948 Federal Water Pollution Control Act is the first effort by the federal government to eliminate or reduce pollution in interstate waters. 1955 Air Pollution Control Act is the first federal law passed to authorize the study and control of air…

1 min.
the epa

Eight months after the first Earth Day, President Richard M. Nixon authorized a new federal department: the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency was responsible for overseeing efforts to protect people and Earth from pollution. With the formation of the EPA, the federal government made an important shift in its position about the environment: Rather than conserving nature, the federal government would protect nature. Today, the EPA works with state governments to enforce environmental laws and policies.…