Connected Ecosystems

Moorea Coral Reef Education LTER

Lesson Plan Overview: 

Students will play a game as a class to learn about living and non-living components of an ecosystem and natural cycles. By exploring the relationship between a coral reef seastar and the resources in its environment, students will begin to understand an animal’s reliance on its ecosystem and all its parts.

A follow-up PowerPoint lesson is available on the MCR LTER education website to emphasize the concepts introduced in this lesson in a more formal format and bring in more ecosystem state standards.

Subjects: 
Marine Biology
Grades: 
3-5