Formation and Geography of Coral Reefs
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WHEREClassroom: C-47Classroom - C-47
Making Coral Reefs from Salt Dough
Hallway or Outside
WHOTeacher, 7th GradersTeacher/Aides7th graders
MATERIALSWhiteboard, video on types of coral reefs, slide show about reefsCardboard squares, salt dough, tempera paint, water colors
Paint brushes
Giant map with locations of coral reefs world wide. Bean bags. White board and marker for keeping score.
Candy for winners.
ACTIVITIESLecture style to whole group about how coral reefs are formed from seamounts and how the different types of reefs are formed.

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Student choose a type of coral reef to make and sculpt it from salt dough onto cardboard, The sculpture is then painted.Students toss bean bags onto world map of coral reefs. Each type of reef is worth different points.
Support for differentiation: (ie visual, auditory, written instructions, peer helper, grouping, modifications for different grades)

Students worked in groups for the smelling activity with the parent leading them through the activity. Teacher and parents helped students find the colors they needed to make the ray/skate blend in with the magazine photographs.
NGSS Alignment
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Earth Science
• ESS1.A The universe and its stars
• ESS1.B Earth and the solar system
• ESS1.C The history of planet Earth
• ESS2.A Earth materials and systems
• ESS2.B Plate tectonics and large-scale system interactions
• ESS2.C The roles of water in Earth’s surface processes
• ESS2.D Weather and climate
• ESS2.E Biogeology
• ESS3.A Natural resources
• ESS3.B Natural hazards
• ESS3.C Human impacts on Earth systems
• ESS3.D Global climate change
Life Science
• LS1.A Structure and function
• LS1.B Growth and development of organisms
• LS1.C Organization for matter and energy flow in organisms
• LS1.D- Information Processing
• LS2.A-Interdependent Relationships in Ecosystems
• LS2.B - Cycles of matter & Energy transfer in Ecosystems
• LS2.C - Ecosystem dynamics, functioning & resilience
• LS2.D Social interactions and group behavior
• LS3.A-Inheritance of Traits
• LS3.B - Variation of Traits
• LS4.A - Evidence of common ancestry
• LS4.B - Natural Selection
• LS4.C Adaptation
• LS4.D Biodiversity and humans
Physical Science
• PS1.A Structure of matter (includes PS1.C Nuclear processes)
• PS1.B Chemical reactions
• PS2.A Forces and motion
• PS2.B Types of interactions
• PS3.A Definitions of energy
• PS3.B Conservation of energy and energy transfer
• PS3.C Relationship between energy and forces
• PS4.A Wave properties
• PS4.B Electromagnetic radiation
• PS4.C Information technologies and instrumentation