Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A new rocket has been launched that runs on sustainable biofuel.
  • Due to climate change, plants are releasing pollen over a longer period of time in spring. This is causing some people to suffer from hay fever for nearly three extra weeks.
  • A drone is being used to reforest woodland in Spain, scattering seeds as it flies over damaged forests.

Curriculum keywords

  • Sustainability
  • Nature
  • Drones

Video viewing guide

This graphic organizer supports your students to capture their thoughts and questions as they watch the news update.

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Spark a discussion

Biofuel-Powered Rocket

  • What are biofuels made from?
  • What other purposes do you think biofuels could be used for?
  • Can you think of any disadvantages that using biofuels might have on the natural world?

Hay Fever

  • How is climate change causing plants to release pollen over a longer period of time?
  • Have you ever suffered from hay fever?
  • Can you think of any other health problems that climate change may cause to get worse?

Tree-Planting Drone

  • Why are thriving forests important for tackling climate change?
  • Why might a drone be more efficient at planting trees than humans?
  • Does designing drones sound like an interesting job?

Classroom resources

Use these resources to get the most out of the news update and engage your class in topical science!

Twig Science: A Complete Pre-K–8 Program for the NGSS

Immersive Investigations with High-Quality Multimedia

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