Coral Reefs

Related Activities & Book Talk Teasers

Coral Reefs – City of the Sea (pdf)

Coral Reefs – Getting Ready to Read Nonfiction (pdf)

Coral Reefs – Vocabulary Fold Outs (pdf)

Coral Reefs – What Did I Learn (pdf)

Coral Reefs – Where Are The Reefs of The World Activity (pdf)

Coral Reefs – Activity Answers (pdf)

Use the following clips to take a virtual field trip diving a coral reef before or after reading the book. If used after reading, the teacher or librarian could pause at certain points and ask students to identify animals or comment on coral shapes.

Great Barrier Reef
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/05/great-barrier-reef/reef-interactive

Dive the Great Barrier Reef with Andrew Evans (4:26)
http://blogs.nationalgeographic.com/blogs/intelligenttravel/2011/01/diving-the-reef.html

Treasures of the Great Barrier Reef – PBS (1995) full length documentary (53:35)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4XpMH25IB-A

Diving the Ribbon Reefs (4:42)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Gioc3QAJ7s

Animals of the Meso-American Reef with Fantasea Dive
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yk-nbA3O3Ow

Cordelia Banks of the Meso-American Reef (3:51)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFwAaAce8MQ

Google Earth tour of Reefs at risk (13:09)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tb8NiX0aCAA

Coral Reef Ecosystem (3:49)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5d3qie3jbHk

Reef Corals up close 2009 (7:48)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AA42hW4nHbg

Book Talk Teasers

Jason Chin has created another inventive eye-opening adventure, this time under the sea on the coral reefs of the world. During an ordinary visit to the library, a girl pulls this not-so-ordinary book from the shelves. As she turns the pages, the reality of the city around her slips away and she finds herself surrounded by the coral cities of the sea and the mysterious plants and animals that live, hunt, and hide there.

Coral Reefs is meticulously researched and filled with gorgeous panoramas of the teeming worlds that lie beneath the seas. Chin has packed a great deal of information into his concise text, and the blend of fantasy and realism in his watercolors will charm you.

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