Quick 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.
- Students recognise the range of abiotic and biotic conditions that are required to support a shallow-water coral reef.
- Students identify coral reef food chains.
- Students reflect upon the threats to coral reefs from human activities, including climate change.
General capabilities: Critical and creative thinking
Australian Curriculum content description:
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.
Time required: 2 x 60 mins
Level of teacher scaffolding: Low – Assist students with research and design of coral reef model.
Resources required: Internet access, student worksheet, materials for 3D model (will vary according to available materials and student requirements).
Digital technology opportunities: Digital sharing capabilities.
Homework and extension opportunities: Includes opportunities for homework or extension.
Keywords: Coral reef, 3D model, design.
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