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Food chains in the ocean

In this live lesson, students will explore a range of living things on the coral reef and how they are connected through feeding relationships.

Broadcast on Thu 12 Nov 2020
  • 45 mins
  • Ages 7-11
Curriculum links

Animals, including humans

  • Construct and interpret a variety of food chains, identifying producers, predators and prey

If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.

Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the lessons in the Coral Oceans unit for ages 7-11 or teach a one-off Coral Live prep lesson.

Questions generated by your class can be submitted via the Encounter Live tab in your Encounter Edu profile.

This lesson is based around the Coral food chain mobile activity and if your students are following live, you will need to gather these activity resources in advance.

Session steps

1. Introduction (5 mins)
The session will open with a welcome from Jamie and a brief introduction to the expedition.

2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)
He will then introduce some of the types of life that can be found on the coral reef and discuss how they are related through predator-prey relationships. During this time, you can distribute the resources to students and they can make any preparations needed before commencing the activity, such as cutting and sticking the coral life cards together.

3. Activity time (15 mins)
Jamie will begin assembling the food chain mobile and students can follow along in real-time. At this point, you can submit your students’ questions via the Live chat.

4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
After completing the activity, Jamie will be able to answer pre-submitted questions and take part in the live chat. At the end of the broadcast, Jamie will suggest some other activities you might like to try and what's coming up in the rest of Coral Live 2020.


Coral Live 2018 Jamie Buchanan Dunlop

Jamie Buchanan-Dunlop

Executive Director, Encounter Edu

Pierre Ternat

Pierre Ternat

Senior Marine Biologist, National Marine Aquarium

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