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Discover the Great Barrier Reef through Clicker

June 14, 2023

Let’s explore how our Great Barrier Reef Clicker resources can be used to develop students’ understanding of the importance, beauty, and threats faced by this spectacular underwater world.

"It's surely our responsibility to do everything within our power to create a planet that provides a home not just for us, but for all life on Earth."

(David Attenborough, Planet Earth II, BBC, 2016)

The Great Barrier Reef – Read a Book offers an overview of life in this extraordinary coral reef system.  Students find out about the Great Barrier Reef’s location and ecosystem, the coral and its symbiotic relationship with algae, and the impact of human activities and climate change on the reef system. For developing readers, we have an engaging Read It Yourself Book that encapsulates the key information into nine illustrated sentences.

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Encourage your learners to share what they have found out using the Talk Set. The pictures may help to jog their memory, while the recordings can be used as a plan for writing. The completed Talk Set can also provide evidence of students’ comprehension skills.

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Use the Great Barrier Reef Clicker Board to collect key vocabulary and information that your students have learned from the Clicker Books or other nonfiction texts. The set helps to organize facts and vocabulary into different areas; the location and climate, plants and animals, and threats posed to the health of the reef system. This offers a great planning approach for writing leaflets or books about this natural wonder of the world.

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Learners needing support can use the Great Barrier Reef Sentence and Connect Sets to write about this unique area. The sets provide illustrations and content and help develop an understanding of sentence structure. For more independent writers, the vocabulary offered in this Word Bank is organized under three headings to help structure information into paragraphs or pages.

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These colorful and informative resources are a great stimulus for a mini project or could be used to enhance extended research on climate change, biomes, ecosystems, interdependence, or Australia. Be sure to take a look at the other Great Barrier Reef resources by searching for reef on LearningGrids.

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