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Topical Tuesdays – Free Weekly News Stories and Teaching Resources from The Week Junior

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  • Topical Tuesdays – Free Weekly News Stories and Teaching Resources from The Week Junior

Join in with Topical Tuesdays and get fascinating news stories with free teaching activities every week.

All of the news is hand-picked from the excellent current affairs magazine for children, The Week Junior, and the creative resources that go with this are written by experienced teachers.

We’ve made it so the activities can be used for 10-minute writing warm ups and for homework, but you’ll find plenty of ways to extend each Topical Tuesday into much bigger projects – should they capture the imagination of your class.

If your class is excited by the current affairs stories in Topical Tuesdays then you can build on this thirst for knowledge with a school subscription to The Week Junior.

Click here to discover the latest offers and to see how children can be inspired by world events.

In the meantime, check back here each week to find the latest free news story and classroom activities to download.

1. Amazon Fires

Topical Tuesdays – Free Weekly News Stories and Teaching Resources from The Week Junior

Date added: 17/9/19

This week’s feature looks at the devastating fires in the Amazon rainforest, and the global protests that are taking place to ensure their protection.

Students will learn what caused the fires, how many fires there have been, why this is so important, how the world has reacted and how Brazil has responded.

  • Hold a debate on whether other nations have a say in how these fires are dealt with, or whether it should be up to Brazil alone.
  • Write an imaginary account of the fires from the perspective of an animal living in the rainforest
  • Write a poem using the metaphor of the Amazon rainforest being the lungs of the world
  • Investigate how much oxygen the Amazon rainforest produces, and how this happens

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2. Life Without Electricity

Topical Tuesdays – Free Weekly News Stories and Teaching Resources from The Week Junior

Date added: 10/9/19

In this week’s article students will learn about a power cut that affected 1,000,000 people in England and Wales, the biggest in a decade.

Activities include holding a debate on our reliance on electricity and whether we should be forced to go without electrical appliances for two hours each day, writing instructions on what to do in the event of a power cut, investigating how much power you use by keeping a mini-diary of all your activities that require electricity, and more.

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3. Plastics, Animals and the Environment

Topical Tuesdays – Free Weekly News Stories and Teaching Resources from The Week Junior

Date added: 3/9/19

This instalment introduces children to the effects of plastic bags on animals in the ocean, discussing how traditional plastic bags can stay around for 1,000 years.

It also looks at what alternatives we have for a greener future.

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4. Volcano Island

Topical Tuesdays – Free Weekly News Stories and Teaching Resources from The Week Junior

Date added: 25/4/19

This first instalment introduces children to Hunga Tonga-Hunga Ha’apai – an island that sprung from the sea five years ago, and which scientists have just discovered is teeming with life.

How did it get there, and where did the animals come from?

Explore these questions and more in these activities.

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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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