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  1. page Consuming Coral Reefs edited ... {coralreproduction.pdf} {coral budding.png} Blue Planet - Coral Spawning {polyp life sp…
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    Blue Planet - Coral Spawning
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    The third activity teaches students how polyps build their limestone skeleton and has them do a lab to see the effects of acid on limestone.
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  2. page Consuming Coral Reefs edited ... {coralzooxnotes.pdf} {hardpolyps.jpg} Corals have the ability to reproduce both sexually …
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    Corals have the ability to reproduce both sexually and asexually - and this is fascinating to kids. We take notes on both forms of reproduction and then watch video clips on coral spawning. This is useful as it relates to the fish spawning aggregations discussed so much in the book.
    {coralreproduction.pdf}
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    {polyp life span.pdf}

    The third activity teaches students how polyps build their limestone skeleton and has them do a lab to see the effects of acid on limestone.
    {CoralReefActivity3BuildingaReef.pdf}
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  6. page Consuming Coral Reefs edited ... 2. What is a coral reef worth? 3. What kinds of threats do coral reefs face? We recommend y…
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    2. What is a coral reef worth?
    3. What kinds of threats do coral reefs face?
    We recommend you begin reading two pages of Eating Coral Reefs each day. Reading aloud in the beginning of class generates lots of discussion. You could also have students read at home and come to class prepared to discuss their thoughts and questions. We have found that giving them a specific task, to do while reading, helps focus them. Two post-it-notes one with a question the other with a discovery works well as does an entry task quiz (we often post the quiz question on our class wiki so they know what to read for.)
    Links to Supporting Materials, Videos and Websites:
    Today we will begin our study of the Coral Reef Ecosystem with an ocean energy pyramid activity. Can you apply what you already know to a new ecosystem?
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    We then watched an absolutely amazing video available for sale (or in 4 parts on you-tube) called:
    A Coral Reef Adventure by MacGillivray Freeman.
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    as shown. We were then able to discuss the various symbiotic relationships they'd witnessed on the reef.
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    We recommend you begin reading two pagesoften do some or all of Eating Coral Reefs each day. Reading aloud in the beginning of class generates lots of discussion. You could also have students read at home and come to class prepared to discuss their thoughts and questions. We have found that giving them a specific task, to do while reading, helps focus them. Two post-it-notes one with a question the other with a discovery works well as does an entry task quiz (we often post the quiz question on our class wiki so they know what to read for.)
    We began our coral unit by doing
    the labs
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    Lab site attached.(linked.) We created
    Earth Lab
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    introduces symbiosis (and links back to the video) on the
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    students make a scientific illustrationsillustration of onone type of
    *Remember that you may want to re-visit the vocabulary sheets to fill in examples from the coral reef.
    {CoralReefPart1aandb.pdf}
    The second activity lets students examine the structure of the coral polyp, compare it to as fresh water hydra and learn about the symbiotic relationship between coral polyps and zooxanthellae.
    We supplemented this with discussions and note taking activities (linked.)
    Eating Coral Reefs Connection:
    An Extraordinary Relationship pages 3&4 - coral & zoox
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    Unanswered Questions pages 51&52
    {Coralpart2AnatomyofaCoralA.pdf}
    {coralzooxnotes.pdf}
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    The third activity teaches students how polyps build their limestone skeleton and has them do a lab to see the effects of acid on limestone.
    {CoralReefActivity3BuildingaReef.pdf}
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  9. page Consuming Coral Reefs edited ... {marine pyramid.pdf} {IMG_0028.jpg} We then watched an absolutely amazing video available f…
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    {marine pyramid.pdf} {IMG_0028.jpg}
    We then watched an absolutely amazing video available for sale (or in 4 parts on you-tube) called:
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    Reef Adventure by MacGillivray Freeman.
    We had kids take notes on small post-it notes as shown.
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    We recommend you begin reading two pages of Eating Coral Reefs each day. Reading aloud in the beginning of class generates lots of discussion. You could also have students read at home and come to class prepared to discuss their thoughts and questions. We have found that giving them a specific task, to do while reading, helps focus them. Two post-it-notes one with a question the other with a discovery works well as does an entry task quiz (we often post the quiz question on our class wiki so they know what to read for.)
    We began our coral unit by doing the labs and activities from the Earth Lab site attached. We created google documents for our students to work from as they made their way through the site.
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