Coral Oceans

Science | Ages 7 - 11

This science-based unit is based on the stunning imagery and 360 media from the XL Catlin Seaview Survey and covers several of the main concepts for students studying living things at upper elementary level.

The unit can be used as a standalone primer for students, using a new and exciting context of corals, clownfish and sharks, or as a comparative study to the local environment.

Students work through a series of connected lessons to develop their understanding of:

- habitats and how they provide the basic needs of plants and animals
- identification, classification and the use of keys
- life cycles, anatomy and sexual reproduction
- how animals obtain their food using the idea of food chains
- how animals and plants are adapted to their environment
- human impact on the environment

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Lesson 1: Coral explorer

An introduction to the world of coral and a chance for students to learn some of the skills needed to become a coral explorer.

Lesson 2: Reef builders

Use this craft activity to get students hands-on with all the different living things that inhabit the coral reef.

Lesson 3: Amazing polyps

Learn more about the coral polyp, the tiny creature that has created structures as large as the Great Barrier Reef, stretching over 2,300km along the …

Lesson 4: Coral classification

Debate how to group the range of life on the reef, before using formal classification groups and keys.

Lesson 5: Coral food chains

Use science and creativity to learn about food chains on the coral reef and use scientific vocabulary.

Lesson 6: Adaptation on the reef

Learn about some amazing adaptations on the coral reef and apply learning to ‘create’ the ultimate coral animal.

Lesson 7: Human impact on the reef

Learn about some amazing adaptations on the coral reef and apply learning to ‘create’ the ultimate coral animal.

Lesson 8: Coral press conference

Learn about some amazing adaptations on the coral reef and apply learning to ‘create’ the ultimate coral animal.



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