Teaching overview

Learning points

  • New research has suggested that dolphins form friendships based on shared interests – in this case, whether or not they use sea sponges to protect their snouts.
  • As the 50th anniversary of the first Moon landing is celebrated, NASA has announced plans to send astronauts back to the Moon in 2024.
  • Over the past year, the news update has covered exploding lava, bricks made from pee, a student-built rocket, playing music to cheese, and much more!

Curriculum keywords

  • Animals
  • Behaviour
  • Space
  • Moon

Video viewing guide

This graphic organiser supports your students to capture their thoughts and questions as they watch the news update.

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Spark a discussion

Dolphin Friendships

  • What new evidence is there about dolphin friendships?
  • Why do you think sponger dolphins tend to make friends with other spongers?
  • The Shark Bay dolphins use sponges as tools to protect their snouts. Can you think of any other animals that use tools?

Moon Landing

  • NASA plans to set up a Moon base so astronauts can live there long-term. What challenges might they face?
  • How could living on the Moon help prepare astronauts for exploring deeper into space?
  • Would you ever think about becoming an astronaut? What would be the pros and cons of this career?

News Update Highlights

  • What was your favourite news update story? Why?
  • What’s the most surprising thing you’ve learned from the news update?
  • Over the summer, why not create your own news update using the “make your own science news update” guide, and share it with your friends and family?

Classroom resources

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