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Topical Tuesdays: Moths and Pollination – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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Moths are as important as bees in pollinating plants, a new study has found – but do human beings treat these useful insects with the respect they deserve?

This resources pack includes an article from The Week Junior newspaper, plus ideas for activities based on the story.

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

  • So, we now know that moths perform a valuable role in the pollination of plants. No doubt, many other insects carry out a whole variety of essential tasks without us noticing. Yet many of us think nothing of swatting a bug that just happens to be in our way, when we wouldn’t dream of killing other animals. Is it time we gave the same protection to insects that we do to other wildlife? Should we make it an offence to kill any animal, no matter how small? Or is that taking things too far? What do you think?
  • Write an imagined dialogue between a moth and a flower. Perhaps the flower is surprised to be visited by a moth in the middle of the night. Perhaps the flower has secretly encouraged the moth to visit when the bee won’t notice
  • Write an extract for an information text, describing the difference between moths and butterflies
  • Write a fact file for three-to-five moths found in the UK. Include descriptions of important physical features such as size, colour and markings, as well as stating where they tend to live and what they eat

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

What is The Week Junior?

The Week Junior magazine is 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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