Make an Edible Coral Reef

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Coral reefs are full of an abundance of life and color. Why not celebrate it with an edible coral reef? Learners and teachers alike use cake, icing, and candies to create a tasty version of a coral reef that's complete with colors, plants, and animals.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Create a reading comprehension worksheet to go along with the reading passage
  • Complete in the class together after reading the informational text and brainstorming the types of plants and animals to include in the reef
Classroom Considerations
  • Works best as a supplemental activity in a study of climate change, ocean pollution, or marine habitats
  • Requires making a sheet cake; consider doing this ahead of time or taking the entire activity to the school cafeteria
  • Have parent volunteers donate various items to decorate their cakes for the coral reef
  • Comes with background informational text and step-by-step instructions for making the edible reef
  • Can be completed at home or in the classroom, but works best at home
  • It may not be realistic to be able to complete the activity in the classroom
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