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Monarch Butterflies Are Back

Monarch butterflies from the Western U.S. migrate to coastal California in late fall to escape harsh winter weather. Scientists count the monarchs that migrate each year. In past decades, over a million monarchs made the journey, but their numbers have been drastically decreasing. In 2021, the number of butterflies was up substantially from the previous year’s low of under 2,000 monarchs, bringing researchers hope that there might still be time to make a difference in protecting the insects from extinction. Listen to learn why monarch butterflies are threatened and what can be done to save them.


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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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