WHAT'S OUT THERE? - A CORAL CAMERA ACTIVITY Amy Pearson
PURPOSE: For students to view live action on the Bermuda Coral Reef,organize and learn about what they are observing.
AGE GROUP: Ages 8 and up, with adjustments made for age level.
CONCEPTS COVERED: Biodiversity, coral reef ecosystem, food web, food chain, taxonomy
RESOURCES NEEDED: General Biology text book, this web site, sections of fishes, invertebrates and other organisms found on the Bermuda reef.
PROCEDURE: Students may work individually or in groups no larger than 3. Data charts may be done by hand or produced using a spread sheet application!
1. CAMERA VIEWING:
View reef with coral camera. Watch for about 5 minutes. Computer should remain on for entire class period. If each group/student has own computer they should be permitted to reference other parts of the web site to identify organisms.
2. IDENTIFICATION ACTIVTIY:
List organisms on screen. This should reveal a great biodiversity of life forms.
3. CLASSIFICATION ACTIVITY:
Classify organism based on what taxonomic group they fall into. Construct a data chart and use class resources (biology textbook) to assist you.
Organism Kingdom Phylum Class
Brain coral Animalia Cnidaria Anthozoa
4. TROPHIC RELATIONSHIP ACTIVITY:
Construct a data chart that shows what each organism eats. If possible, determine what eats that organism. This will enable students to produce food webs and food chains.
Organism What it eats? What eats it?
Brain coral zooplankton Parrot fish
5. STRUCTURAL ADAPTATIONS:
Adding on to the above data chart, list any structural adaptations that help this organism eat or function in its niche.
6. ESSAY: Write a few sentences explaining the role of biodiversity in a coral reef ecosystem. Include an answer to : What are the implications of loss of some members of this ecosystem such as some corals or some fishes?