Lesson 2: Coral Reef Ecosystems

Posted Monday March 23, 2020 by Reef Relief

Topic: Coral Reefs

Key Points:

-What is Coral?

-Symbiotic Relationships

-What type of reefs are there?

-Coral Spawning

-Benefits of Coral Reefs

-How are our corals doing?

-Threats to coral reefs

-What can we do?

Video Activities:

-Symbiotic Relationships (WORKSHEET 1): Worksheet 1- Symbiotic Relationships

-Coral Spawning Activity (WORKSHEET 2) : 

Worksheet 2 (PRINT OUT FOR ALL STUDENTS)

Worksheet 2A for younger (PRINT OUT FOR STUDENTS PREK-3RD)

Worksheet 2B for older (PRINT OUR FOR STUDENTS 4TH GRADE THROUGH 8)

Coral Species Identification (WORKSHEET 3): Worksheet 3

DIY Coral Polyp (WORKSHEET 4): Worksheet 4- Make your own coral polyp

Follow Up:

Bubble Reef (WORKSHEET 5):  Worksheet 5

Accessible videos:

Coral song (Elementary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cusz66JZXkA

Coral Bleaching (Elementary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEdoizgeNJk&t=35s

Coral Bleaching(middle school)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UyEw_Rl8mqM&t=25s

All About Coral Reefs (elementary) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2BKd5e15Jc

Coral Reef decline, nutrients (middle school) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czE13GPIZ7U

PBS News Coral Reefs (middle school) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t1AyIs1xNCk

Corals in Crisis: Coral Disease (middle school) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H-WIs4J2oW8

Suggested Movie:

Netflix Chasing Coral

Preview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6fHA9R2cKI

Complimentary resources:

https://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/en/m/education/news/activites-educatives-comprendre-le-blanchissement-du-corail/

https://oceans.taraexpeditions.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/TARAPACIFIC-FICHESPRIMAIRE-A4-UK-V3.pdf

https://ocean.si.edu/ocean-life/invertebrates/corals-and-coral-reefs

https://www.noaa.gov/education/resource-collections/marine-life-education-resources/coral-reef-ecosystems

https://scripps.ucsd.edu/projects/coralreefsystems/about-coral-reefs/value-of-corals/

https://oceana.org/marine-life/marine-science-and-ecosystems/coral-reef

Video polling questions:

These questions will be asked throughout Lesson 2, some are review and some are new!

-What is an abiotic factor?

-What is a biotic factor?

-What organism goes through photosynthesis?

-What does an omnivore eat?

-What’s an example of an apex predator?

-Is coral a plant, rock, animal?

-Corals are Cnidarians, what other animals do you think could be related to coral?

-Do you think it’s good or bad that they are all connected?

-What type of relationship do you think coral and zooxanthellae have?

-Where would a new coral grow best?

-What type of reef does the Florida Keys have?

-Do you think corals are important?

Comments are closed.