Deep-sea ‘Octomoms’ Seek the Heat
In this guide, students will answer questions about how scientists discovered that octopuses laying eggs in warm waters near geothermal springs are speeding up hatching. Students will then define rates and their units of measurement for biological and chemical processes and discuss factors that affect rates.
Rates and what affects them
Students will define rates and their units of measurement for biological and chemical processes before discussing factors that affect rates.
Octopus moms seek the heat
Students will answer questions about the Science News article “Some deep-sea octopuses aren’t the long-haul moms scientists thought they were,” which describes how octopuses laying eggs in warm waters near geothermal springs speed up hatching. A version of the article, “Deep-sea ‘octomoms’ seek the heat,” appears in the April 9, 2022 issue of Science News.
Earth’s Oceans Broke Heat Records in 2020
In this guide, students will learn about how the amount of heat energy that Earth’s upper oceans have absorbed has increased over time. Then, students will discuss strategies for interpreting, understanding and communicating data.
In hot water
Students will answer questions about the online Science News article “Earth’s oceans are storing record-breaking amounts of heat,” which explores how the upper oceans’ heat storage capacity has changed over time. A version of the story, “Earth’s oceans broke heat records in 2020,” appears in the February 13, 2021 issue of Science News.
Whale’s Breathtaking Dive Impresses
In this guide, students will learn about the extraordinary diving ability of the Cuvier’s beaked whale and what scientists think allows the marine mammal to stay underwater for extended periods. Then, students will discuss the ocean zone model and research the environment and species of a specific ocean zone.
Zone in on the ocean
Students will explore how the ocean environment changes with depth and how various organisms’ physical traits allow the organisms to thrive at different depths. Students then will discuss the benefits and limitations of the ocean zone model.
Career share and compare
These discussion prompts encourage students to discuss and compare the work and background of two SN 10 scientists to explore the varied paths to becoming a successful researcher.
The Case of the Arctic’s Missing Ice
This guide explores the decades-long warming trend in the Arctic and the effects that warming is already having on sea life, including phytoplankton blooms.
Tracking Arctic sea ice
Students will answer questions based on the Science News article "The case of the Arctic's missing ice."
The effects of ocean acidification
These questions explore past articles about ocean acidification in the Science News archive.
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.