Rubric - Adaptations <
in the Coral Reef
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Adaptations 
 
 
 

 

When you complete this part of the mission you should be able to: 

Identify and describe adaptations that help specific ocean organisms survive.
Identify symbiotic relationships in which both organisms benefit.
Design a new marine organism, a predator or prey. Give it adaptations such as specialized body parts or abilities that help it live in the coral reef. Create a model or a drawing of your organism.

Scoring Rubric 
Detective Diver Score
Tasks Completed
4 - Leaping Dolphins 
You Did It!
  • Read each section about the types of adaptations.
  • Used the links to find three other organisms, one that uses camouflage, one that uses venom and one that uses armor. Drew or printed out pictures of each and labeled them.
  • Designed and created a model or drawing of a realistic new ocean organism that has adaptations that help it move, breathe, obtain food and protect itself.
  • Can describe the adaptations and explain how they help the organism survive.
3 - Jumping Fish
  • Read each section about the types of adaptations.
  • Used the links to find one or two out of three other organisms. Drew or printed out pictures and labeled them.
  • Designed a realistic ocean organism that has adaptations that help it move, breathe, obtain food and protect itself.
  • Can partly explain the adaptations.
2 - Shrimp
Very low on the food chain
  • Read each section about the types of adaptations.
  • Found only one other organism. Drew or printed out a picture and labeled it.
  • Designed a new ocean organism, but the adaptations are not realistic or useful for survival.
  • Cannot explain the adaptations.
0-1 Anchor
  • Read some of the sections about the types of adaptations.
  • Did not use the links to find other organisms. 
  • Did not finish designing a new ocean organism. 
  • Cannot explain the adaptations.

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    Picture Credits
    The majority of the photographs were taken and edited by the author, Karen Muska.
    Video footage courtesy of Mark Riha; used with permission. Edited by Karen Muska.
    Some pictures are from The Florida Marine Sanctuary Web Site:  Florida Keys Photo Gallery
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