In this activity will work in groups or as a class to research the biotic and abiotic conditions required to support a shallow-water coral reef, and will use this research to create a 3D model of a reef. Students will be asked to work to a design brief and to provide supporting information to accompany their 3D design, and are asked to present their reef and justify their response to the design brief.
- recognise the range of abiotic and biotic conditions that are required to support a shallow-water coral reef
- identify coral reef food chains
- reflect upon the threats to coral reefs from human activities, including climate change.
Lesson guides and printables
Australian Curriculum content descriptions:
Year 9 Science:
- Ecosystems consist of communities of interdependent organisms and abiotic components of the environment; matter and energy flow through these systems (ACSSU176)
- Communicate scientific ideas and information for a particular purpose, including constructing evidence-based arguments and using appropriate scientific language, conventions and representations (ACSIS174)
Syllabus Outcomes: SC5-9WS, SC5-14LW.
- Internet access
- Student worksheet
- Materials for 3D model (will vary according to available materials and student requirements)
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