MONTESSORI CORAL REEF FIELD GUIDE
Welcome to the Montessori Coral Reef Field Guide. This
guide was developed by third graders using examples produced by their older
brothers and sisters. In our LMC is a student-created replica of a
Coral Reef with replicas of animals from the coral reef made by students.
This site is a guide to the animals in the coral reef at
Montessori Magnet School.
To use this guide, here are a few things you might want to
Putting Living Things in Order
Scientists have been putting all living things into
categories for hundreds of years. The first category is a KINGDOM.
Living things are divided into 5 KINGDOMS: the plant kingdom, the animal
kingdom, the fungus kingdom, the moneran kingdom, or the protist kingdom.
The moneran and the protist kingdoms contain thousands of
animals that can only be seen with microscopes. In our field guide we
are interested only in the ANIMAL KINGDOM.
The ANIMAL KINGDOM is divided into 9 PHYLA. Many of
the 9 phyla are represented in the coral reef. However, some of the phyla
are better represented in other environments.
Since all animals with backbones are in one PHYLA.
Scientists had to divide the animals further. The next division is
called a CLASS. There are 7 CLASSES in the Chordata PHYLUM: 1) jawless
fishes, 2) sharks and rays, 3) bony fishes, 4) amphibians, 5) reptiles, 6)
birds, and 7) mammals
We hope you enjoy looking at our "specimens" and learn a
little about a Coral Reef.
Amazing Animals of the World