Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Marine biologists study sea life.
  • Scientists have discovered how some whales make their sounds, and why these are similar to the sounds of shipping boats.
  • In the Pacific Ocean, scientists have found over 100 species which they think may have never been seen before.

Curriculum keywords

  • Whales
  • The Ocean
  • Conservation

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

Whale Sounds

  • What does a marine biologist do?
  • Why do you think it would be difficult to study whales in the wild?
  • What could we do to help these whales communicate more clearly with each other?

New Species

  • In which ocean are the Salas y Gómez and Nazca ridges?
  • What does biodiversity mean?
  • Why do you think it would be important to protect the area around these ridges?

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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