Teaching overview

Learning points

  • A group of young climate activists has sailed across the Atlantic to raise awareness of the negative impact flying has on the environment.
  • New laws have protected a huge area of seafloor off the west coast of the USA from bottom trawling, a fishing technique which can destroy important habitats.
  • An electric eel named Miguel Wattson is helping to spread festive cheer at an aquarium in Tennessee. Every time Miguel produces electricity, a Christmas tree lights up!

Curriculum keywords

  • Climate
  • Transport
  • Oceans
  • Conservation
  • Electricity

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

Climate Activists

  • Why did the activists sail across the Atlantic ocean?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of sailing as a means of transport?
  • How would you prepare for a two-month sailing trip?

Seafloor Protections

  • How do the new laws protect the seafloor?
  • How could the ban on bottom trawling help make sure there are still enough fish to catch in future?
  • Imagine you’re a scuba diver exploring the seafloor. What evidence would you look for to find out if an area has been bottom trawled?

Eel-ectrifying Decorations

  • What kind of animal is Miguel Wattson, and what makes him special?
  • Why do electric eels produce electricity?
  • Sometimes, staff at the aquarium need to move Miguel from one tank to another. How do you think they protect themselves from getting an electric shock?

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