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Surveying a sensitive ecosystem

These discussion prompts cover the pH scale, the solubility of gases, food webs and how organisms react to climate change.

Carbon dioxide’s ecological footprint

Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "Rising CO2 threatens lake food webs" and an accompanying graph tracking pH.

Boosting your background knowledge

These discussion prompts help students gain a better understanding of key vocabulary and concepts covered in the Top 10 articles of 2017.

Tracking the latest developments

Students will compare and contrast one of the Top 10 stories of 2017 with an earlier related article from the Science News archive.

Analyzing a top article

Students will read and summarize one of the Top 10 stories of 2017, as reported by Science News.

Making carbon connections

These discussion prompts cover the basics of radioactive decay and carbon-14 dating, as well as concepts related to climate change.

Uniting past and present

Students will search the Science News archive for stories related to frozen mosses, radioactive carbon-14 dating and global warming.

Mosses exposed and analyzed

Students will answer questions about how scientists measure the age of newly thawed mosses in the Arctic, and the implications of those scientists' findings.

Behold the power of light

These discussion prompts cover chloropasts, chlorophyll, photosynthesis and related reactions, and solar cells.

Peering back at plants

Students will search the Science News archive for stories about photosynthesis and plant roots.

The molecular lives of plants

These questions focus on articles about two of the 2017 SN 10: Scientists to Watch. The scientists are studying how plant roots seek water and developing artificial photosynthesis.

Science News as research inspiration

Students will discuss the scientific details that are left out of short news reports and explore how these brief reports can lead to ideas for original research.