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Coral Adaptations

Lesson Plan Overview

In this two-part lesson, students will compare and contrast the adaptive strategies of branching coral and mounding coral through participation in an interactive PowerPoint and a hands-on lab activity. Students complete a note-taking guide during the PowerPoint that provides background information to be used during the lab. In the lab activity, teams of 4 students construct different corals out of paper and test the design stability against physical disturbance.

Source Moorea Coral Reef LTER Education
Subjects Life Science Marine Biology
Grades 6-8

Literacy Principles:

OLP#5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

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