Arizona by Kathleen Derzipilski

By Kathleen Derzipilski

This sequence is helping younger readers determine the commonalities and distinctiveness of the person states throughout the US.

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42 ARIZONA How to Make Your Sand Painting Spread out a folded sheet of newspaper for each color of sand you will be using. Draw your design on the paper or plywood. Select an area to start covering the design. Spread glue thinly with a paintbrush over this area. Take a small handful of sand and let it flow in a slow stream over the area. You can press it once with the palm of your hand and then shake off the extra sand onto a piece of newspaper. When you shake off the extra sand, try to keep the colors separate so that you can reuse the sand.

Real estate developers built communities planned especially to appeal to retired people. Sun City, one of the world’s first active retirement communities, opened west of Phoenix in 1960. Over time, Arizona’s progress and growth began to deplete its natural resources. People have long recognized the importance of water to Arizona. Agriculture, manufacturing, and large cities have put a serious strain on the water supply. 34 ARIZONA Arizona has two main sources of water. Surface water comes from rivers and the lakes formed by dams, while groundwater is pumped out from underground natural reservoirs.

Congress passed laws ending Chinese and Japanese immigration. Discrimination peaked during World War II when West Coast residents of Japanese heritage were forced to live in internment camps. Slowly, after the war was over, the treatment of Asian Americans began to improve. In 1946, voters elected Wing F. Ong to the state’s house of representatives. He was the first Chinese American to sit in any state legislature. Today, more than 150,000 Asian Americans live in Arizona. They represent many nations, including China, Japan, India, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam.

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