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An Orca Whale that captivated the world, current events and science instruction

Often, our students may become aware of viral stories, and we can use these stories to teach so much content. Consider the example of Tahlequah, the orca carrying her dead calf for days. We could use a graphic organizer such as a four square to build vocabulary or even a KWL chart to help students comprehend complex text. 

An article like this can help students connect to stories on climate change, understand the crisis in our ocean's or even interact with the author using technology like Twitter. 

Hurricances: Where do they come from?

Discussions about current events often engage students as they see relevance in their life. So, where do we begin teaching about hurricanes with the recent devastation in Texas and Irma registered as a category 5? Scholastics has a short website with information about hurricanes. Students will learn how hurricanes form and the difference between tropical depressions and hurricanes.

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