Lesson Plan

Coral Reef Creatures

Coral reef life comes alive in this fun label and match activity that challenges students’ deductive reasoning skills and allows for artistic expression.
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Learning Objectives

Students will identify selected coral reef creatures in a matching game format and use the appropriate distinguishing creature colors and features to color the creatures.


(10 minutes)
  • Announce that today we will explore life in a coral reef, a place where many sea creatures live.
  • Ask students to imagine they are scuba divers swimming around a coral reef and to share what they see.
  • List responses on the board under "Coral Reef Creatures."
  • Announce that a coral reef video will introduce us to some creatures that live there. Add that students should compare what we see on the video to our Coral Reef Creatures list as they watch.
  • Project the Coral Reefs video.