Students learn about corals, coral reefs, and the Great Barrier Reef and then complete an experiment that demonstrates how coral polyps grow.
Australia, Great Barrier Reef, coral reef, coral, polyp, crystal, experiment, geography
Before the lesson, introduce coral reefs, using library sources or information from
Tell students that the Great Barrier Reef is the longest coral reef in the world. Have students find this reef on a globe or world map.
Tell students that they will participate in an experiment that demonstrates how coral polyps grow. Link to the lesson Growing Coral.
AssessmentObserve students as they participate in the experiment.
Lesson Plan SourceEducation World (with resources from Sea World/Busch Gardens)