Coral Oceans at home

Science | Ages 11-14

This lesson toolkit focuses on the coral habitat for students aged 11-14. These lessons follow a team of coral scientists and explorers, and cover core science topics and can be mixed and matched to suit your child's interests or taught as a whole. If you haven't learnt about the ocean before, we recommend including the first introductory lesson to the ocean.

Lesson 1: Our ocean voyage

Students learn about the names and locations of the world’s oceans before looking at some of the major marine features.

Lesson 2: How do scientists explore underwater?

This lesson introduces students to the habitat and the diversity of life found in the ocean. Students embark on their first classroom ‘dive’.

Lesson 3: How do scientists use classification?

Students will discover more about the coral ecosystem and the different types of coral before they ‘dive’ to survey the Great Barrier Reef.

Lesson 4: How is energy transferred on the reef?

Students describe the different techniques species use to get their energy and identify the range of primary producers in the ocean

Lesson 5: How have reef specialists evolved and adapated?

Students use their knowledge of adaption on the reef to create the ultimate coral animal describing adaptations which ensure survival and success.

Lesson 6: How do forces affect coral expeditions?

In this lesson students find out about water pressure, the use of special technology and how corals have adapted to life in the 'twilight zone'.

Lesson 7: What is the effect of human impact on the reef?

Students explore the threats faced by coral reefs through gathering information from a range of sources and reflect on the future of coral reefs.

Lesson 8: How do scientists share their findings?

In the last lesson, students to plan and deliver a press conference or report summarising what they have learnt about coral oceans.

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