What is a Coral Reef? Middle School

Lesson Plan Overview

Students will gain an understanding of the basic components of a coral reef ecosystem, with emphasis on specific abiotic and biotic factors crucial to reef health and trophic level relationships among key organisms. Also included in the lesson is an opportunity for students to learn about traditional, Polynesian culture and the native uses of coral reef resources. This is accomplished through a PowerPoint presentation with corresponding student note-taking guide and several short critical thinking group work opportunities throughout the lesson.

Source: Moorea Coral Reef LTER Education
Grades: 6-8

Literacy Principles:

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

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