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Coral reef today, yesterday and… tomorrow (LS-IT-217)
Teresita Gravina
December 20, 2019
Blended, Brainstorming, Citizenship, Digital literacy, English, Environment, Formal, Group dynamics, Learning Scenarios, Lower Secondary Education, Oral presentation, Project-based learning, STEAM (STEM + Arts), STEM skills
This Science lesson is suitable for lower secondary school and aims at improving awareness on vulnerable ecosystems, such as a coral reef. This lesson could be used to introduce definitions of ecosystem, biodiversity and fossil, underline the strong relationship between ecology and geology, and the complexity of environmental protection. Students will learn how the ecologist works in natural environment carrying out a “virtual” transept on a coral reef. Moreover, the activity will raise awareness on coral reef protection and encourage students to assume sustainable habits. Finally, students will be involved in designing an environmental campaign, using Minecraft and/or a Flipgrid, and at the end, students will be awarded as supporters of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The aim of Teresita’s learning scenario is to raise awareness about how climate change affects ecosystems, in particular, coral reefs, and what we can do to reduce human impact on ecosystems.
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10 Responses to "Coral reef today, yesterday and… tomorrow (LS-IT-217)"
elenavladescu says:
December 29, 2019 at 12:09 pm
Dear Teresita,
The ideea to use Minecraft and Flipgrid to raise students awareness about climate change is great! I think I’ll implement it with my students to teach SDGs in an innovative way! Congratulations and thanks for sharing!
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Teresita gravina says:
December 29, 2019 at 11:50 pm
Thank you so much Elena! I looking forward to hearing from you about what have you implemented in your classroom
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geaninaturcanu says:
December 30, 2019 at 10:15 am
Congratulations! An interesting, dynamic lesson, with attractive resources. It helps us to develop responsible behaviors towards the environment.
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teresita gravina says:
December 30, 2019 at 5:53 pm
Thank you so much! I really hope that you found my scenario interesting and you will use it in your classroom! I hope I will read something about your experience
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annamariagauci says:
January 1, 2020 at 6:47 pm
I would like to adapt your lesson for my younger students, as it’s never too early to make the children aware of our environment and how to take care of it. Well done and thanks for sharing.
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January 2, 2020 at 10:41 am
I think that coral reef is an extremely engaging topic for young students and so introduce them to sdgs and climate change. Looking forward to hear about your experience in classroom
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ivanabusuttil says:
January 5, 2020 at 1:52 pm
Thank you for sharing this excellent lesson Teresita! Although it is aimed at older students I can already see my pupils which are around 9-10 engaged in exploring and learning about the coral reef. They love learning about the environment around us and we are also currently working on a project which centres around climate change, thus this lesson will be extremely useful!
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January 6, 2020 at 10:49 am
Thank yo so much for your comment! I really hope that your students will be engaged in exploring coral reef and that experience will increase their awareness in climate change
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ayrtoncurmi says:
January 21, 2020 at 9:22 pm
What an interesting subject! I’m currently teaching younger students but we’re trying to raise awareness about climate change. It’s a very interesting subject and pupils are motivated to learn more about our environment. I really like how you used Minecraft as a resource. Thank you for sharing!
Well Done!!
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Teresita says:
January 22, 2020 at 1:44 pm
Thank you so much! I think minecraft is a powerful resource in particular for younger students!I am looking forward to know the reaction of your students about this activity!
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