Earth Hour - Build a coral reef

Earth Hour - Build a coral reef

Lesson 19 of 24 in this unit

  • Secondary
  • Year 9 - 10
  • Science
  • Environmental
  • Biodiversity
  • Climate Change
  • Conservation
  • Oceans
  • ...

Lesson summary

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.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • 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

Lesson Plan
Student Worksheet

Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

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 OutcomesSC5-9WS, SC5-14LW

Resources required

  • Internet access
  • Student worksheet
  • Materials for 3D model (will vary according to available materials and student requirements)

Additional info

This lesson has been created in partnership with WWF-Australia. Earth Hour is the world’s largest community-driven climate change campaign. At the centre of Earth Hour is switching off lights to show a commitment to taking action.

Thousands of teachers use Earth Hour’s education program to enrich their curriculum and provide pathways for young people to create change in their world.

For the most up to date Earth Hour dates, times, and events, check here.

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