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Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
The 10 inquiry-based lessons in this collection, developed for NOAA Voyages of Discovery and the Ocean Explorer WebSite, give young oceanographers experience using scientific data and modeling scientific work and thinking. Beginning with...
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Multimedia Discovery Missions

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
The Multimedia Discovery Missions collection is a series of 13 interactive presentations and activities that introduce young geologists and oceanographers to fundamental concepts involving the Earth’s crust and ocean sea life. Benthos,...
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Coral Reefs: Ecosystems Full of Life

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Coral reefs contain some of the most diverse ecosystems on Earth. Introduce reef residents to youngsters with a three-minute video. While the content is educational, it is not particularly engaging or clear. You may choose to skip the...
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Coral Reefs and Climate Change

For Students 6th - 10th Standards
Coral reefs cover less than one percent of the ocean floor, yet more than 25 percent of marine life lives in coral reefs. A colorful, engaging video describes the health of coral reefs and why the formations matter. The first lesson in a...
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Coral Reef Ecosystem

For Teachers 4th - 8th
The coral reef ecosystem is abundant and lively. Dive in for an underwater view of the species living there. Polyps, urchin, barracudas, and eels (among others) exist in part because of the sun's presence in this ecosystem. Use this as...
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Ocean Scenes and Coral Reefs

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Learners explore plants and animals that live at various ocean levels, including beaches and coral reefs. They demonstrate their comprehension of ocean layers and life with chalk drawings. Students draw details of plant and animal life,...
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Coral Reef Fish Survey Simulation

For Teachers 2nd - 5th
With a discussion and a brief film, introduce populations. Using paper fish models, your class participates in a simulation in which they survey numbers of fish. As a class, they tally up the different types. The challenge with this...
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Coral Reef Fish Danger - Blue Planet

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Coral reefs are the most diverse communities in the world, but what happens when fishermen catch the fish before they reach a state of maturity? Every year, over 30,000 tons of reef fish come into Hong Kong to be sold at the fish...
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Make an Edible Coral Reef

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
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,...
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Create a Coral Reef

For Students 6th - 12th
Scholars create a diorama to showcase a vibrant coral reef. Six steps walk pupils through setting up the diorama box, crafting four different types of marine life, and putting it all together. 
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Pipeline to the Coral Reefs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Discover firsthand the effects of internal waves on coral reefs. Through a series of experiments, learners simulate internal waves and upwelling events as they make observations on the movement of water and other debris. They then...
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Can Coral Reefs Survive Climate Change?

For Students 6th - 12th
Quick ... name an organism that's an animal, a vegetable, and a mineral. PBS Digital Studios models for viewers the symbiotic relationship between coral reefs zooxanthellae. The video then goes on to explain how climate change has...
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Conserving our Spectacular, Vulnerable Coral Reefs

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
A three-minute clip covers a new strategy for protecting the coral reefs of Fiji while still allowing fishermen to harvest the fish that people survive on. Connectivity is the name of the game. This colorfully animated resource is a...
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Coral Reefs in Hot Water

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Global warming is leaving coral reefs in hot water. What does that mean for their survival? Find out as scholars use authentic satellite data to explore the issue. Learners look for global trends in the data and research the effects the...
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Corals & Coral Reefs

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Young scholars describe a coral reef, how it is formed and its inhabitants. They explain the ecological and economic importance of coral reefs and discuss its present-day threats. Lesson contains adaptations for all levels.
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Coral Reef Geography

For Students 4th - 6th
For this coral reef geography worksheet, students find locations of reefs on a globe or map. There are 10 instructions to follow. There is no map provided--an atlas, globe or map is needed.
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The Changing Coral Reef

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars record changes in the composition of a coral reef.  In this Coral Reef lesson plan, students recognize the needs of Coral Reef species to survive.  Young scholars chart changes in population over time. Students write an...
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Gardens Under the Sea: Coral Reefs

For Teachers K - 5th
Students, with dive partners, explore coral reefs through scuba diving. They also explore radial symmetry and bilateral symmetry.
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How do living and non-living structures affect coral reef habitats?

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students create model coral reefs showing surface area and including examples of communities.  In this coral reef lesson plan, students research and explore the functions or benefits from a coral reef.  Students design a benthic habitat....
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Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate the dangers Coral Reefs face by investigating satellite images.  In this environmental protection lesson plan, students utilize the Internet to discover the types of satellites and sensors used to provide...
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Coral Reefs

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students research coral reefs and identify their benefits to humans, threats to the reef, how to reduce and eliminate threats, and more. In this coral reef lesson plan, students research the reefs, and take a field trip to an aquarium.
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Coral Reef Community

For Teachers 2nd - 3rd
Young scholars explore the coral reef. In this food chain lesson, students study the plants and animals of the coral reef and how they each play a role in that ecosystem. They participate in a class play to demonstrate the types of...
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Coral Reef Conservation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students conduct discussions on current threats to coral reefs around the world and write letters to conservation organizations urging support for coral reef protection.
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Introduction to Coral Reefs

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students identify locations of coral reefs, both in the water and around the globe, identify relative depth of corals in the ocean by observing behavior of cold and warm saltwater, and create models of coral reefs.

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