Manmade Reefs: Improving Ocean Biodiversity
Grade(s): 7-9
Subject(s): Science, ELA
Number of Students: 20+

Objectives: Students will be able to:
Describe the role of coral in a reef ecosystem.
Accurately diagram a reef ecosystem food web, identifying at least 2 different autotrophs and at least 2 trophic levels of heterotrophs.
Compare and contrast the complexity and biodiversity of a tropical rainforest ecosystem and a tropical reef ecosystem.
Evaluate the efficacy of manmade reefs as a design solution for promoting biodiversity in the ocean.
Standards:
NGSS: MS-LS2-2.
NGSS: MS-LS2-3.
NGSS: MS-LS2-5.
CCLS ELA: Writing Standards #1

Essential Question: In what ways are coral reefs the ocean’s version of a tropical rainforest?

Guiding Questions:
What are the roles of coral in a reef ecosystem?
What are the patterns of energy flow in a typical reef food web?
How is the complexity and biodiversity found in a tropical reef ecosystem similar to and different from a tropical rainforest?
How efficient are manmade reefs at increasing biodiversity in the oceans?

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Created: Sep 30, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

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