Teacher Resources

Rubric for Unit
Templates for Activities
My reef organism -Word
Who's Who- ID pictures
PowerPoint- reef organism
PowerPoint- reef threats

Additional Web Resources
Shedd Aquarium - Educational Adventures: Explorer's Guide, Interactives, Lesson Plans


Grade Levels:  4 - 6

Time Frame:
The unit can be completed in 2 - 4 weeks depending on the number of computers available and the grouping of the students.


Next Generation Science Standards- (2nd draft is in development)

Framework for K-12 Science Education- (Next Generation Standards will be based on the framework)

Scientific and Engineering Practices:
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
  • Crosscutting Concepts:
  • Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
  • Structure and Function
  • Stability and Change
  • Disciplinary Core Ideas - Life Sciences and Earth and Space Sciences:
  • LS 1: From molecules to organisms: Structures and Processes
  • LS 2: Ecosystems: Interactions, energy, and dynamics
  • ESS 2: Earth's systems
  • ESS 3: Earth and human activity
    National Education Technology Standards (NETS) for Students
    2. Communication and Collaboration 
  • Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively... to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others. 
    • a. Interact, collaborate, and publish with peers, experts, or others employing a variety of digital environments and media
    • b. Communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences using a variety of media and formats
    • c. Develop cultural understanding and global awareness by engaging with learners of other cultures
    • d. Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems
    3. Research and Information Fluency 
  • Students apply digital tools to gather, evaluate, and use information. 
    • b. Locate, organize, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and ethically use information from a variety of sources and media
    • c. Process data and report results

    4. Critical Thinking Problem Solving, and Decision Making 

  • Students use critical thinking skills to plan and conduct research, manage projects, solve problems, and make informed decisions using appropriate digital tools and resources. 


    Intro | What is a Coral Reef? | Adaptations  | Who's Who in the Coral Reef? | Who Done It?| Present Findings

    © 2000- 2012
    Last modified: 1/04/2003
    Karen Muska

    Picture Credits
    The majority of the photographs were taken and edited by the author, Karen Muska.
    Video footage courtesy of Mark Riha; used with permission. Edited by Karen Muska.
    Some pictures are from The Florida Marine Sanctuary Web Site:  Florida Keys Photo Gallery
    Clip art: Art Today, The Animation Factory, Microsoft Office