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Microplastics are tiny bits of plastic. Often they are too small to be seen. Microplastics pollute water in ways that we are just starting to learn more about.

Gun Control

Gun control laws make it hard to buy guns or limit the kind of guns people can buy. Most countries have strong laws to control who can buy a gun and what kind of guns they can buy.

Measuring Earthquakes

Scientists use the numbers from 1 to 10 to say how strong an earthquake is. This number system is called a scale, or a magnitude scale. Higher numbers mean stronger earthquakes.

United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (UK) is a state in Europe. It is made up of four countries: England, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Most people in the UK speak English.


A referendum is a special kind of voting, in which voters are asked to make or change a law by voting yes or no on an idea.


"Dreamers" are young people who were brought to the US without permission when they were children. Many of these people have spent most of their lives in the US. Dreamers may soon be forced to leave the country.


The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a United States government group that works to protect public health. They control food safety, tobacco, medicine, and cosmetics (makeup).

Republican Party

The Republican Party is one of two large political parties in the United States. Members of the Republican Party are known as Republicans.

Democratic Party

The US Democratic Party is one of two large political parties in the United States. Members of the Democratic Party are known as Democrats.

Political Parties

A political party is a group of voters who want the same things and work together to make those things happen. Examples of political parties in the US include the Democrats and Republicans.


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