12

13

DREAM CAR

DREAM HOUSE

Engineers have been working hard to develop new ways to think about fueling transportation.

Imagine you’re an architect who has been asked to design an energy-efficient, environmentally

Imagine you’re a car engineer who has been asked to create a “dream car” that uses energy

friendly house. Draw your dream house below and label all the features that are good for

efficiently. Think about how it could be fueled and what special features it might have. Draw your

the environment. Think about the yard, too!

dream car below and label all the features that are good for the environment.

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12

13

DREAM CAR

DREAM HOUSE

Engineers have been working hard to develop new ways to think about fueling transportation.

Imagine you’re an architect who has been asked to design an energy-efficient, environmentally

Imagine you’re a car engineer who has been asked to create a “dream car” that uses energy

friendly house. Draw your dream house below and label all the features that are good for

efficiently. Think about how it could be fueled and what special features it might have. Draw your

the environment. Think about the yard, too!

dream car below and label all the features that are good for the environment.

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15

RESOURCE
RUNDOWN

ENERGY
PUZZLER

There are two basic kinds of energy resources available on Earth:

Solve each clue and fill in the puzzle with the correct energy word. Some of these are
tricky! Look at the list below to help guide you.

Renewable energy resources

NON-Renewable energy

will not run out. However, large amounts

resources cannot be replaced once they

of them are needed to produce small

are used up. There are only so much of

amounts of energy. Wood is an example

them in the world. For example, coal is a

of a renewable resource. Just remember

non-renewable energy resource, since it

that “renewable” does not mean we can

takes millions of years to create.

use the resource carelessly. When we cut
down trees faster than they are growing,
1

we harm the environment.

2

3
4
5

write “r” for renewable or “nr” for non-renewable below each picture to describe what
kind of energy each picture represents.

6

7

8

DOWN

9

1. Energy that comes from moving water
2. A gas that can come from animal waste
3. A black, liquid fossil fuel found deep in the earth
4. Coal, oil, and natural gas are ________ fuels
6. A heavy, naturally radioactive element

Fossil fuels were formed 300 million years ago. That’s long before the
dinosaurs roamed Earth! Fossil fuels are made up of plant and animal matter. When prehistoric plants and animals died, their bodies decomposed.
They were eventually buried under many layers of earth. Millions of years
later, we have the three forms of fossil fuel: oil, NATURAL GAS, and COAl.

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ACROSS
5. Fossil fuel formed by the breakdown of

plant matter
7. A gasoline alternative; can be made from

sugarcane, corn, or barley
8. Energy resulting from the movement of

electrons through matter
9. Plant or animal material that can be used

as a renewable resource

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15

RESOURCE
RUNDOWN

ENERGY
PUZZLER

There are two basic kinds of energy resources available on Earth:

Solve each clue and fill in the puzzle with the correct energy word. Some of these are
tricky! Look at the list below to help guide you.

Renewable energy resources

NON-Renewable energy

will not run out. However, large amounts

resources cannot be replaced once they

of them are needed to produce small

are used up. There are only so much of

amounts of energy. Wood is an example

them in the world. For example, coal is a

of a renewable resource. Just remember

non-renewable energy resource, since it

that “renewable” does not mean we can

takes millions of years to create.

use the resource carelessly. When we cut
down trees faster than they are growing,
1

we harm the environment.

2

3
4
5

write “r” for renewable or “nr” for non-renewable below each picture to describe what
kind of energy each picture represents.

6

7

8

DOWN

9

1. Energy that comes from moving water
2. A gas that can come from animal waste
3. A black, liquid fossil fuel found deep in the earth
4. Coal, oil, and natural gas are ________ fuels
6. A heavy, naturally radioactive element

Fossil fuels were formed 300 million years ago. That’s long before the
dinosaurs roamed Earth! Fossil fuels are made up of plant and animal matter. When prehistoric plants and animals died, their bodies decomposed.
They were eventually buried under many layers of earth. Millions of years
later, we have the three forms of fossil fuel: oil, NATURAL GAS, and COAl.

NRDCSimpleSteps_MECHS.indd 14-15

ACROSS
5. Fossil fuel formed by the breakdown of

plant matter
7. A gasoline alternative; can be made from

sugarcane, corn, or barley
8. Energy resulting from the movement of

electrons through matter
9. Plant or animal material that can be used

as a renewable resource

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61

THINK
GLOBALLY

simple
steps
look for local foods

Read these descriptions about some places around the world where human health is affected by the
health of the environment. If people everywhere work to make Earth a healthier place, we can all be
healthier, too! Use the key below to decode A place where and A date when each problem happened.

a b c d e f g h i F M lN n o p q rs t W v w x y R
A B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

l m n o

p

q r

s

t

u

v w x

y

z

The next time you go shopping with your

grow your own

family, pay attention to the stickers on

Have you ever grown your own

foods such as fruits and vegetables.

fruits or vegetables? Even with

Find out where the foods were grown.

just a window box, you can grow

See how many foods you can find that

some pretty tasty fresh herbs.

come from your local area and give

Get some friends or class-

them a try!

mates and decide if there is
a place to start a community
garden in a park, backyard, or

0 1 2 3 b 5 s 7 o 9
0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

your school yard.

9

jelly jitters
Jellyfish populations bloom and drift closer to shore, posing a greater risk of stinging to swimmers.
Researchers think overfishing of the jellyfish’s natural predators is partly responsible.

b a r c el o na

think before eating

spa in

2 0 0 7

Always read the labels on foods and think about what you are about to eat.
Use the chart below and keep track of all the food you eat in one day.

breakfast

feisty floods

lunch

snacks

dinner

More frequent storms with extreme amounts of rain occur, wreaking havoc and uprooting people
from their homes.

N i dw est

Wsa

2 0 0 o

Mosquito Movement
As temperatures rise, higher elevations become more hospitable to mosquitoes. They are spreading
to areas where they have not been found before. Mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases.

nairobi

NRDCSimpleSteps_MECHS.indd 60-61

M en ya

2 0 0 o

Did you make the best health decisions for yourself?
Did you make the best health decisions for our environment?
Did you read the labels?
Were the foods free of chemicals?
Was the food grown locally?

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60

61

THINK
GLOBALLY

simple
steps
look for local foods

Read these descriptions about some places around the world where human health is affected by the
health of the environment. If people everywhere work to make Earth a healthier place, we can all be
healthier, too! Use the key below to decode A place where and A date when each problem happened.

a b c d e f g h i F M lN n o p q rs t W v w x y R
A B

C

D

E

F

G

H

I

J

K

l m n o

p

q r

s

t

u

v w x

y

z

The next time you go shopping with your

grow your own

family, pay attention to the stickers on

Have you ever grown your own

foods such as fruits and vegetables.

fruits or vegetables? Even with

Find out where the foods were grown.

just a window box, you can grow

See how many foods you can find that

some pretty tasty fresh herbs.

come from your local area and give

Get some friends or class-

them a try!

mates and decide if there is
a place to start a community
garden in a park, backyard, or

0 1 2 3 b 5 s 7 o 9
0

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

your school yard.

9

jelly jitters
Jellyfish populations bloom and drift closer to shore, posing a greater risk of stinging to swimmers.
Researchers think overfishing of the jellyfish’s natural predators is partly responsible.

b a r c el o na

think before eating

spa in

2 0 0 7

Always read the labels on foods and think about what you are about to eat.
Use the chart below and keep track of all the food you eat in one day.

breakfast

feisty floods

lunch

snacks

dinner

More frequent storms with extreme amounts of rain occur, wreaking havoc and uprooting people
from their homes.

N i dw est

Wsa

2 0 0 o

Mosquito Movement
As temperatures rise, higher elevations become more hospitable to mosquitoes. They are spreading
to areas where they have not been found before. Mosquitoes can carry dangerous diseases.

nairobi

NRDCSimpleSteps_MECHS.indd 60-61

M en ya

2 0 0 o

Did you make the best health decisions for yourself?
Did you make the best health decisions for our environment?
Did you read the labels?
Were the foods free of chemicals?
Was the food grown locally?

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73

CHOOSE WISELY

TWICE IS NICE

Every day we make choices that affect our environment. Look at the situations below. Test yourself to

Look at these common household objects. Think of one or more ways you could reuse each

see if you are making the best decisions for Earth. color the best answer for each question in green.

item and draw and label your ideas. Get creative!

You bring your own
lunch to school. What
is the best choice?

a resealable
plastic container
with no other
wrapping inside it

a sandwich from
the supermarket,
individually wrapped
in plastic

You buy a pack of gum at
the corner store. What
is the best choice?

ask the
cashier to put
it in a
paper bag

offer to put
it in your
schoolbag
or pocket

take a
reusable
bottle

buy a
plastic
bottle and
recycle it

find lots of
pages of information
and print them
all out

bookmark the pages
in your favorites or
download them to your
desktop so that you can
look at them off-line

You take water to your
sports practice. What is
the best choice?

You have to do research
using the Internet for a
report. What is the best
choice?

gallon
milk
bottle

one liteR
plastic
water
bottle

medium
size
glass
jar

chopsticks

Packaging makes up about one-third of our trash.
It’s not all fast-food boxes, plastic bags, and soda
cans. A lot of it is made up of layers of plastic
stretch wrap and wooden crates. These are things
that keep goods safe before they reach stores. What
kinds of packaging can you recycle or reuse?

NRDCSimpleSteps_MECHS.indd 72-73

brown
grocery
bag

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72

73

CHOOSE WISELY

TWICE IS NICE

Every day we make choices that affect our environment. Look at the situations below. Test yourself to

Look at these common household objects. Think of one or more ways you could reuse each

see if you are making the best decisions for Earth. color the best answer for each question in green.

item and draw and label your ideas. Get creative!

You bring your own
lunch to school. What
is the best choice?

a resealable
plastic container
with no other
wrapping inside it

a sandwich from
the supermarket,
individually wrapped
in plastic

You buy a pack of gum at
the corner store. What
is the best choice?

ask the
cashier to put
it in a
paper bag

offer to put
it in your
schoolbag
or pocket

take a
reusable
bottle

buy a
plastic
bottle and
recycle it

find lots of
pages of information
and print them
all out

bookmark the pages
in your favorites or
download them to your
desktop so that you can
look at them off-line

You take water to your
sports practice. What is
the best choice?

You have to do research
using the Internet for a
report. What is the best
choice?

gallon
milk
bottle

one liteR
plastic
water
bottle

medium
size
glass
jar

chopsticks

Packaging makes up about one-third of our trash.
It’s not all fast-food boxes, plastic bags, and soda
cans. A lot of it is made up of layers of plastic
stretch wrap and wooden crates. These are things
that keep goods safe before they reach stores. What
kinds of packaging can you recycle or reuse?

NRDCSimpleSteps_MECHS.indd 72-73

brown
grocery
bag

11/11/09 5:12:13 PM

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