Generation Ocean: Coral Reefs
Coral Anatomy – EXPLORE
Students perform self-guided research on coral anatomy and create (individually or in small groups) a guidebook to key anatomical features of a coral polyp. Through this process, students learn about the symbiotic relationship corals have with zooxanthellae.
Stephanie Killingsworth 1,2,3 (view profile)
Middle – High School Students
- What is coral? Animal? Mineral? Vegetable?
- What are coral polyps?
- What are the anatomical features of a coral polyp?
- What type of symbiotic relationships do corals participate in?
10 – 40 minutes, depending on focus and goals of instructor.
- Printed [paper] or interactive computer-based notebook pages [computers with Google Slides]
- Print or computer-based coral anatomy reference materials (e.g. https://www.livingoceansfoundation.org/education/portal/course/coral-anatomy)
- If using print materials, colored pencils/pens
- OPTIONAL: 3D printed coral polyps (STL files)
- Student directed research to answer Essential Questions. [10 min]
- Students create interactive Google Slides or notebook pages for key coral anatomical features, including labeled diagram and purpose of each feature. [30 min]
Completeness and accuracy of anatomical notebook (be it digital or print).