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Coral Polyp Model
Background / Concept
Coral polyps are one of the simplest animals on Earth yet when combined with other polyps the reefs that are created can be viewed from space. In this activity, students will build the three basic parts of a coral polyp - tentacle, mouth, and skeleton.
By the end of this activity, students will have an understanding of the basic parts of a coral polyp, and when participating in the extension students will understand that coral reefs are made up of individual coral polyps.
Lesson Plan [PDF]
The result of this activity shows the basic part of a coral polyp. When placing cups next to each other the result is a simulation of a coral colony.
Working towards - Structure and Function in Living Systems (7th Grade)
Students know organ systems function because of the contributions of individual organs, tissues, and cells. The failure of any part can affect the entire system.
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