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Millions of Cicadas Emerge After 17 Years Underground

Millions of cicadas – buzzing, red-eyed insects – are emerging from their hiding spots underground and climbing trees, where they shed their outer shells and try to mate. The dramatic event happens every 17 years, and entomologists, or scientists who study insects, are using the opportunity to learn more about cicadas and how they impact the local ecosystem. Listen to learn what scientists hope to discover about cicadas and how soft clay and superglue are helping one research team find out.


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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • What was one of Malala Yousafzai’s first experiences with the dangers of religious extremism?
  • After miraculously surviving her attack, what has Malala focused her work on?
  • What is the message that Malala is trying to send to those in power?
  • What does Malala want to do in the future?
  • What are the goals of Malala’s mission to support girls?

Discussion Themes

  • What is your opinion on Malala’s message about the power of education?
  • Why do you think that ISIS might want to silence people like Malala?

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