Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Marine heatwaves are threatening to kill sea stars and disrupt ocean ecosystems.
  • Pilots in the United States are landing planes by gliding them to the runway to use less fuel.
  • A wildlife camera trap in Colorado has recorded over 400 photos of a single black bear.

Curriculum keywords

  • Sea Stars
  • Planes
  • Bears

This Week's Kahoot Quiz

Each week we'll be bringing you a free quiz that you can use with your students after they've enjoyed the episode.

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Spark a discussion

Sea Star Threat

  • How do sea stars help keep ocean ecosystems balanced?
  • How do underwater heatwaves harm sea stars?
  • Can you think of how we could reduce the likelihood of underwater heatwaves?

Landing Planes

  • How does flying damage the environment?
  • How are pilots changing the way they land planes?
  • Have you ever been a passenger on a plane and noticed the plane head toward the ground in different stages?

Selfie Bear

  • What different animals have the Colorado wildlife cameras taken photos of?
  • Does being a wildlife ranger sound like an interesting job to have?
  • What animals might a motion sensor camera photograph if it was set up near where you live?

Classroom Resources

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

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