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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
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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
 
 
 

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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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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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Tina S

I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!

 
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2016-05-03T18:07:52-06:00

Richard S

The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.

 
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2016-05-03T18:24:44-06:00

Sharon M

As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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Heidi J

My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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