Where is Timor Leste and why does it have coral reefs?

Lesson overview

This lesson introduces Timor Leste, the case study for this scheme of work and coral reefs. Student will locate Timor Leste alongside other important coral reefs on a map and learn some back ground information about Timor Leste. Students will then learn about the conditions needed for a coral reef to grow and the global distribution of those reefs.

Learning outcomes

  • Locate Timor Leste on a map.
  • Give reasons why coral reefs are important.
  • Describe the global location and distribution of coral reefs.
  • Describe and explain the global distribution of coral reefs.
  • Identify different warm coral reefs.

Lesson steps

  1. Introduction to the scheme of work (5 minutes)
    Go through the scheme of work with the students making it clear to them that at the end of the 8 lessons they will complete a GCSE Style exam paper.
  2. Introduction to Timor Leste and the Coral Triangle (20 minutes)
    Students use the information sheet about Timor Leste and the Coral Triangle, to complete the worksheet – Where is Timor Leste and The Coral Triangle. This task includes mapping the location of Timor Leste and the Coral Triangle and making notes of some facts.
  3. Key facts about coral reefs (15 minutes)
    Students to watch the videos The Wonder of Corals and XL Catlin Seaview Survey: Biodiversity, when the videos have finished students to complete a reflection using the table on slide 11.
    Students then read the information about the Picky Polyps and shade the area they think coral reefs will be found on the Prediction worksheet.
  4. Where are the other warm coral reefs in the world? (10 minutes)
    Students to use an atlas and locate the different coral reefs on the blank world map.
  5. GCSE Style exam questions (10 minutes)
    Students to reflect on their learning this lesson by completing several GCSE style exam questions, peer assessing each other. To be completed for homework if not finished in lesson.
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