Living Spaces of the Coral Habitat

In this lesson, students will compare a coral reef to a rainforest in order to introduce the different living spaces available in the coral reef habitat. The teacher then uses images given in a PowerPoint to engage students in observing different body shapes, and appendages of reef organisms that enable them to survive in these various reef spaces. To further investigate structures and adaptations of reef organisms the students break into groups and play a short card game where they sort the organisms into particular groupings specifi ed by the teacher.
The lesson wraps up with the students interpreting a chart and graph, comparing the features of various reef organisms.

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