Coral Oceans Lesson 6 - Adaptation on the Reef

Design and create the ultimate reef animal.

Years: 3, 4, 5, 6

Duration: 60mins

Curriculum Objectives: 1

Subject: Science

Resource Overview

Different species have adapted to life on the coral reef in amazing and diverse ways. From sleeping in mucus bubbles, to flexible snakelike skeletons, life on the reef has had to find ingenious methods for finding food and staying alive. The reef is also host to numerous examples of symbiosis, and creatures finding food and safety in the strangest of places – whether in a shark’s mouth or by ‘vacuuming’ the sandy seabed. In this lesson, students are challenged to create the ultimate reef animal.

Resource Assets


Adaptation on the Reef Lesson Plan

Students are invited to describe how animals have adapted to suit their environment in different ways


Adaptation on the Reef Presentation

A PowerPoint to help guide you and the students through their lesson.


Dive Log

A blank dive log ready for students to complete.

Curriculum Objectives

  • Year 6 (Age 10-11)
    • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution.