This activity helps to understand that the coral reef has different zones with different conditions, such as the force of waves, depth and access to light. Each of these zones is home to different types of coral. Make your own reef and then models of different coral types and place them in the correct area on the reef.
(1 hour waiting time)
We describe a method that makes quite a realistic reef using a plastic box, clay and sand, but feel feel free to adapt this activity using building blocks or other shapes.
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Science | Ages 7 - 11
These resources for ages 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. These resources present a complete scheme of work for the science classroom, covering core science and sustainability curriculum areas as well as enhancing students' creative and communications skills.
Science | Ages 11 - 14
These resources for ages 11-14 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions. Starting with the Great Barrier Reef in 2012, these expeditions seek to create a baseline survey of the world's reefs as well as more in-depth research on the deep reef lying between 30m and 100m.