Teaching overview

Learning points

  • There have been a lot of unique science stories so far in 2024, from wild weather to historic moments in space.
  • There has been an above-average number of tornadoes in the United States so far this year.
  • In March, a swarm of bees stopped a tennis match.
  • Scientists have discovered a new species of ancient amphibian.

Curriculum keywords

  • tornadoes
  • bees
  • amphibians

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


  • By May 20th, how many tornadoes had been recorded in the United States?
  • Can you name one of the states most affected by tornadoes?
  • What kinds of damage can a tornado cause?


  • In which state was the tennis tournament?
  • Who removed the bees from the stadium?
  • Can you think of any other animals that move in large groups?

Ancient Amphibian Discovery

  • How many years ago did the ancient amphibian live?
  • What name is given to people who study fossils?
  • Do you know the scientific name for any other species?

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

  • Investigating, designing, building, and understanding phenomena
  • Hands-on, digital, video, and print investigations
  • Synchronous/asynchronous distance learning