Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A rare earthquake has happened in New York.
  • Cherry blossom trees in Washington DC have reached their earliest peak bloom in 20 years.
  • Scientists have discovered that dogs might understand the words humans give to certain objects.

Curriculum keywords

  • NYC earthquake
  • blossom
  • dogs

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

New York Earthquake

  • On what statue were the cameras that moved during the earthquake?
  • What is the Richter scale used for?
  • Can you name any other places where there have been earthquakes recently?

Blossoming Trees

  • In which city are the blossom trees?
  • What service helps to look after the trees?
  • Why do you think the cool weather helps the flowers stay on the trees?

Dogs Understand Object Names

  • In what country was the experiment carried out?
  • Which of the dog’s organs did the team study?
  • Do you think other animals can understand human speech?

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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