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Coral is an Animal: Polyp Pictures - Cosee Coastal Trends and National Park Service

Lesson Plan 

Students use a variety of pictures of different coral species to understand the diversity of corals.

Concept: Ocean life diversity
There is a high diversity of life in the ocean with a wide range of functions and interactions.

National Science Education Standards
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K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concepts a, c)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 6 A Survey of Life in the Sea 6:7-14
Chapter 16 Marine Ecosystems 16:23-29