Creatures of the Coral Reef
Project URL: http://teachnet-lab.org/ps101/awoloshin/unit1.htm
How it works:
The purpose of this unit is to make a connection between science and
literature. After reading the first five chapters of the novel The
Cay, children will appreciate and be able to describe the physical
characteristics of a coral reef, as well as describe and distinguish between the many living creatures found on the reef. The students will use computer technology to research the formation of coral reefs,
their physical characteristics, and the plants and animals inhabiting them. Students will research reefs on the Internet. Using the links provided by the teacher, students will fill in a database and use the acquired information
to write reports. Students will reproduce the living reef by using Apple Works.
- The student produces an informative report.
- The student demonstrates an ability to read and comprehend informational materials.
- The student demonstrates knowledge of the English
language in written and oral work.
- The student participates in group meetings.
- The student uses the Internet to conduct research
Apple Works, Groliers and Encarta MultiMedia Encyclopedia, Kid Pix,
SuperPrint, Internet access, The Cay by Theodore Taylor
This unit is geared for students of average ability in grades 4-6. The students need to have knowledge of the software employed. The students will function best in cooperative groups with each student assigned a
Technology is a valuable tool for all students.
It enables students to gather information, create databases, and demonstrate
creativity. The Internet enables students to come face to face with the actual topics they are
researching, and to connect the science studied in school to real world
Teachers should preview web sites in advance. Make sure children are familiar with
technology skills needed. Prepare students in advance with photos of
Audrey Woloshin is a fifth grade teacher in an elementary school in Brooklyn, New York. She has been a teacher for fifteen years. She has been a
TeachNet mentee for two years.
Subject area: Science, English
Estimated class periods to complete: 5
Grade levels: 4-6