Grade Range
2nd-6th
Active Time
120 minutes
Total Time
120 minutes
Area of Science
Zoology
Ocean Sciences
Key Concepts
building models, coral, plants, animals
Credits

Overview

CoralPolyp_MarcAuMarc

"Close-up of Coral Polyps" © 2009 Mark Yokohama

By building an edible coral polyp, students will learn the anatomy of coral and be able to explain why corals are animals, rather than plants.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • 4-LS1-1. Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Constructing explanations. Use evidence (e.g., measurements, observations, patterns) to construct or support an explanation.
4-LS1.A: Structure and Function. Plants and animals have both internal and external structures that serve various functions in growth, survival, behavior, and reproduction.

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Grade Range
2nd-6th
Active Time
120 minutes
Total Time
120 minutes
Area of Science
Zoology
Ocean Sciences
Key Concepts
building models, coral, plants, animals
Credits
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