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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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Ocean Scenes and Coral Reefs

For Teachers 1st - 6th
Students 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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Corals & Coral Reefs

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Students 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 Conservation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers 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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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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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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Coral Reefs

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine the animals that live in a coral reef and how they adapt to their environment.  In this coral instructional activity students write a short book on how animals inhabit the coral reefs. 
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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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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: 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, Climate Change, and the Impacts on Human Populations

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Young scholars study coral reefs, climate change, and the impact made on human populations. In this coral reefs lesson, students complete a think, pair, share activity about humans and how they benefit from coral reefs. Young scholars...
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Coral Reefs

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students examine how scientists use satellites to study coral reefs. They determine what coral reefs are and how they are important by watching a PowerPoint presentation and role playing as an organism in a reef.
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Life of a Coral Reef Fish

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Students describe the structures and habitat required for corals.  In this coral reef fish lesson students write a narrative essay in the first person narrative. 
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Explore the Food Chain of a Coral Reef

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students explore the internet world of Second Life and complete a graphic organizer based on the food chain of the coral reef and the Tiger Shark. In this food chain lesson plan, students answer short answer questions as they research.
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Coral Reef: Water Cycle Center

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this coral reef water cycle worksheet, students read 4 sections of a table the include sentences about the water cycle. They cut out the sentences and paste them on a poster that sequences the steps of the water cycle. They draw a...
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Activities for Fluency - the Coral Reef

For Students 3rd - 5th
In this fluency learning exercise, students read 1 page about a coral reef and then use a dictionary to write definitions of vocabulary words in the passage. Students complete 8 definitions and put them into a sentence and answer short...
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Coral Reef Habitat Match

For Teachers K - 2nd Standards
Different animals live in different habitats, and each animal has specifically adaptive traits that make them tailor-made for their environments. This is true on land and in the ocean. Little ones examine how various marine animals have...
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Save a Reef!

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Design a public information campaign to improve understanding of the coral reef crisis. Read about and discuss the biology and threats to the coral reef. The class creates a public information program about the problems facing the coral...
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Changing Planet: Fading Corals

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Show the six-minute video, "Changing Planet: Fading Corals," and then demonstrate how calcium carbonate forms a precipitate in the presence of carbon dioxide. Separate your scientists into small groups to gather information about coral...
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Design a Reef!

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Using a miniature coral reef aquarium kit, young ecologists model this unique ecosystem. They research various coral reef organisms and their niches, and they culminate the project by working together to write a report. Use this activity...
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Coral Bleaching

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
What is coral bleaching? Tackle a trendy topic with a narrated animation. Through a combination of video and illustration, the narrator introduces viewers to a coral reef, then goes inside a coral polyp to show its symbiotic relationship...
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The Coral Reef Cake: An Activity for K-12 Earth Science or Biology Classes

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students watch a slide show presentation of a Coral Reef and discuss its inhabitants. They make a coral reef cake demonstrating the layers and components using different foods.

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