Teaching overview

Learning points

  • Scientists exploring the deep sea have spotted what might be the longest animal on Earth – a 47 metre-long siphonophore!
  • As climate change causes glaciers to melt, objects that have been buried in the ice for thousands of years are being revealed.
  • Research has found that flamingos form close friendships with each other.

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Archaeology
  • Climate change
  • Behaviour
  • STEM

Video viewing guide

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Spark a discussion

World’s Longest Animal

  • What is a siphonophore?
  • Why do you think scientists used a remote-controlled submarine?
  • In what ways do you think the deep sea is different from other parts of the ocean?

Melting Ice

  • Why are glaciers melting?
  • Why are the ancient objects so well preserved?
  • What do you think archaeologists can learn by studying ancient objects like clothing and tools?

Flamingo Friendships

  • What have scientists learnt about flamingos?
  • How could the study help zoos and wildlife parks to care for flamingos?
  • Are you surprised that flamingos have close friends? Why or why not?

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