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Coral Reef Close Reading Science Unit


Coral Reef Reading Unit for Upper Grade

Coral reefs are some of the most diverse ecosystems in the world. 

 Coral Polyps, the animals primarily responsible for building reefs, can take many forms: large reef-building colonies, graceful flowing fans, and even small, solitary organisms. Thousands of species of corals have been discovered; some live in warm, shallow, tropical seas, and others in the cold, dark depths of the ocean.

Coral Reef Reading Unit


Do you want to engage your students in reading informational text?

Your upper elementary or jr. high class will LOVE this close reading unit that addresses the Reading Informational Text Standards while promoting science literacy! Students will learn all about the delicate ecosystem of the coral reef and why it is important to our world environment. 
Coral reefs protect coastlines from storms and erosion, provide jobs for local communities, and offer opportunities for recreation. They are also are a source of food and new medicines. Over half a billion people depend on reefs for food, income, and protection. Fishing, diving, and snorkeling on and near reefs add hundreds of millions of dollars to local businesses. The net economic value of the world’s coral reefs is estimated to be nearly tens of billions of dollars per year. These ecosystems are culturally important to indigenous people around the world.
This unit is aligned with common core standards for reading informational text CCSS RI.6.3, 6.4, 6.6, and 6.7 as well as NGSS MS-LS2-4.
Informational text passages on Coral Reefs
Inside the unit, I include a suggested schedule that shows you how to use this unit over the course of 7 days.  It includes over 50 pages/slides!
This unit contains a LARGE variety of different activities.  It begins with an informative slide show and continues with a three-page informational text article.

Coral Reef Reading Unit

Coral Reef Ecosystem

There are more than 10 different coral reef interactive notebook flaps!

This reading unit has a science theme and students will learn about the delicate ecosystem of a coral reef.
Interactive Notebook Flaps

Students will learn why coral reefs are important and they will learn how to protect coral reefs.

Informational text passages on Coral Reefs

Students will learn that many animals that live on the coral reef have interesting adaptations for surviving in this habitat.
Informational text passages on Coral Reefs
They will also learn about coral and the interesting life cycle of coral.
Science Vocabulary
coral reef ecosystem
coral reef reading unit

This unit has a PERFECT rating on Teachers Pay Teachers!

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Worked well for the NGSS standards.. This unit is really comprehensive and is appropriate for the grade level. The nonfiction passages are excellent. Nice science and literacy integration
My students love the interesting passages. Really went well with science and reading standards
Your class will LOVE these engaging and interactive activities!

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