What are Corals?

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Link to Resource: https://www.nps.gov/teachers/classrooms/what-are-corals.htm
Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
4 5 6
Organization:National Park Service (NPS)
Summary:Students will learnthat corals are living animals. They will be introduced to some of the species that make up the biodiversity in coral reefs, and why coral reefs are an important habitat. This lesson will serve as a brief overview of coral anatomy, distribution, its physical properties, and why it is important to conserve coral reefs.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 6
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.E
NGSS Performance Expectations:4-ESS2-1
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Planning and carrying out investigations
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: biodiversity; coral; earth; earth science; ecology; elementary school; environment; geoscience; lesson; national parks; nps; oceans
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