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Living in the Age of Snakes

A recent study suggests that after dinosaurs disappeared, snakes, their slithering reptile cousins, exploded in ecological diversity. Scientists believe they have found a clue about why snakes may have evolved into the nearly 4,000 species alive today. Unlike other reptiles, snakes eat many kinds of prey, including other snakes. Listen to hear more about what snakes eat and learn why some scientists say the current geological era could be called the Age of Snakes.


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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?

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  • 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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