Process

Part 1

To complete this webquest, you will need to use the back button to navigate back to this web page.

You are ready to begin your journey of coral reef ecosystems.  First, you will be assigned to work with a partner to complete this activity.  Once you know who your partner is, discuss the definition of an ecosystem, as we have been discussing in class. 

 Next, using the following link, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ecosystem look up the ecosystem definition and write it into the middle section of your graphic organizer. 

Your role is to become a coral reef ecosystem expert so that you can be a dive tour guide for exploring the plants, animals and characteristics of a coral reef.  In order for you to be a guide, you need to interest tourists into visiting your ecosystem and taking a reef dive.  In order to do this, you will be completing an advertisement that discusses why they should come on your tour.  Make sure to include interesting facts on at least five different plants and animals that can be found in your ecosystem.  You will need to use accurate, descriptive writing and pictures.  The more precise and colorful your pictures and writing, the more likely the tourist will want to go on your tour. 

Enjoy your journey.  Remember, to use your graphic organizer to fill-in interesting facts about each coral reef ecosystem.  Using the graphic organizer will help you to organize your thoughts and build your information to help you decide which coral reef to build your advertisement on. 

First, we're going to explore some general information about coral reef ecosystems.  Review the following sections: introduction, more about coral reefs and where to find coral reefs at this link http://www.mbgnet.net/salt/coral/indexfr.htm

 Go to http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/coralreef/coralreef.shtml.  Remember this site for later when you complete your advertisement.  There are many animal print-outs that can be used for creating your advertisement brochure. 

Go to http://www.timeforkids.com/TFK/teachers/wr/article/0,27972,59687,00.html to find out about threats to coral reef ecosystems and saving the coral reefs.

There are so many different, beautiful colors of coral.

Now you're ready to begin exploring some of the famous coral reefs in the world!  Remember, you and your partner need to write down five interesting facts about each coral reef ecosystem on your graphic organizer.  Doing this will help you gather information to create your ad for tourists about an adventurous, underwater dive.  Make sure you are thinking about which coral reef ecosystem you will want to complete your project on.  Have fun!

You will begin your journey by going to the Great Barrier Reef.  It is the largest coral reef ecosystem in the world!  Make sure you wait for the link to load.  It is a video and you have to be patient.  Once the video is over, use the back button to return to this page.  Go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0101/feature2/media2.html

This is a picture of the Great Barrier Reef.

Go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/earthpulse/reef/reef1_flash.html  After you read the first paragraph, click on the dive now button so that you can view more important facts.  By clicking on the animals and plants, information boxes will appear.  You can also use the arrows on the left and right sides of the box.

Go to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/ngm/0101/feature2/ to view pictures of the Great Barrier Reef sea life.  When you get to this site, scroll down until you see the fish pictures in the left side of the screen.  You can see a larger picture by clicking the zoom in section. 

Please view http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/explorations/squid/libraryarticle.asp?ItemID=210&SubjectID=116&categoryID=5&SubjectName=Habitats%20and%20Ecosystems

Now our journey will take us closer to the United States, to a coral reef found along the Florida Keys.  Large sea turtles live in this coral reef ecosystem.

Go to http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/edu/seasmart/resources.html to learn more about this amazing coral reef.

On the following site you will want to spend time reviewing each of the tabs.  You can click on the tabs at the top of the screen.  The tabs are mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates, plants and reptiles.  When you click on the tab, examples will appear.  You can click on each animal or plant to see a picture and learn facts about it.  Remember, the more you explore and know, the better tour guide you will be and the more exciting, descriptive advertisement you will be able to create.  Enjoy this journey of a coral reef on the Florida Keys! Go to http://noaa.int.webthink.com/Parks/?pID=8

Now, let's head over to the beautiful Hawaiian Islands. 

On the following site you will want to spend time reviewing each of the tabs.  You can click on the tabs at the top of the screen.  The tabs are mammals, fish, birds, invertebrates, plants and reptiles.  When you click on the tab, examples will appear.  You can click on each animal or plant to see a picture and learn facts about it.  Remember, the more you explore and know, the better tour guide you will be.  These are great pictures of the sea life in this unique ecosystem.  The more you know, the more accurate you can make your advertisement.  Have fun learning about this awesome coral reef system.  Go to http://noaa.int.webthink.com/Parks/?pID=12

Now before you go and create your tour guide advertisement for a journey into one of the coral reef ecosystems, you need to know some safety tips in order to keep the reefs and people safe.

You will need to write a short summary of the most important information to explain to your divers before and during the dive.  This information will go with the advertisement brochure but it will go on a separate page.  You are required to mention at least five diving tips.  Go to http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/edu/seasmart/responsible.html 

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Part 2

You have made it through your underwater journey.  Now you and your partner need to decide the on a few things.

1.  Decide on what coral reef ecosystem you will be describing in your brochure, the Great Barrier Reef, the Florida Keys or the Hawaiian Islands.

2.  Review your graphic organizer and decide which plants and animals you will be focusing on in your brochure.  Remember you need at least five animals and plants represented in your brochure.

3.  Review your graphic organizer and decide on interesting facts to tell your reader about the coral reef ecosystem.  Remember, you are trying to encourage them to join you on your tour guide.

4.  Decide on what five facts you want to include into your "Safe Diving Tips" flyer.

5.  Remember to work together as a team.  You and your partner both need to be able to answer questions and explain your brochure.

Look at those vibrant colors!  Can you make your brochure as colorful?

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Part 3

Now that you and your partner have made some decisions.  Using the information that you learned from your journey and your graphic organizer, you are required to make your advertising brochure. 

Make sure that you review the requirements below:

Remember, this site for your drawings.   http://www.enchantedlearning.com/biomes/coralreef/coralreef.shtml

This site can help you draw, label and color your pictures accurately.  Make sure the pictures you use are from the coral reef ecosystem you are describing. 

Your writing is intended to interest the reader into joining you on this underwater journey.  Use exciting, interesting and descriptive words. 

The final piece of your assignment is to write a short summary of safe diving tips.  You need to include at least five tips. 

Here is the website again in case you need it.

http://floridakeys.noaa.gov/edu/seasmart/responsible.html 

Remember, the coral reefs are delicate and they need to be protected from human threats.  Have fun.  Be creative!  It's your journey now.