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Topical Tuesdays: Saving Coral Reefs – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Scientists have made artificial clouds in an attempt to save the Great Barrier Reef, the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, located near the north-east coast of Australia.

This resource includes a story from The Week Junior newspaper, plus activity ideas based around it.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • If the coronavirus outbreak has taught us anything, it must be the need to listen to experts. Over recent years, it has become fashionable to cast doubt on the work and advice of experts in many fields, including climate change. Coral bleaching is just one of the consequences. Should we take steps to make sure that all decisions that affect the world have a sound scientific basis? What do you think?
  • Write a detailed, vivid description of a healthy coral reef, using either the pictures from the article or images you have found elsewhere. Use as many descriptive techniques as you can, including extended noun phrases and figurative language such as similes and metaphors
  • Write a set of instructions for creating a coral reef. Remember to include a What you need section as well as a set of numbered instructions using imperative verbs
  • Most people have heard of the Great Barrier Reef off the north east coast of Australia but there are many other reefs around the world. Research one of these and write a fact file about it, stating where and how big it is, and describing some of the wildlife that inhabits it

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

To find out more about The Week Junior and to download its free resources, please go to schools.theweekjunior.co.uk.

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