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NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program

Found in: science; preK-2; 3-5; 6-8; 9-12

NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program is a large website with learning resources for grade K-12 teachers and students:

  • About Corals features Coral 101 and Interactive Reef. Coral 101 answers general questions about hard, soft and deep-sea corals, including anatomy, life cycle feeding habits, reproduction. When students move cursors over the Interactive Reef, ten creatures are highlighted. By clicking the creature, a feature page is provided with a photograph of it, a fact about it, its role in a reef ecosystem, and a threat to it. Coral 101 also provides coral facts and explains why coral ecosystems are important.
  • Deep-Sea Corals includes a deep-sea corals map, facts, videos, and NOAA’s 2014 deep-sea coral report.
  • Education features outreach resources, resources on ocean acidification, and
    Resources for Educators, which includes, under the Coral Reef Educational Resources CD 2008, curriculum units, lesson plans, student activities, guides, videos, slideshows. Two large curriculum units explore environmental responsibility (grades 4-5) and coral reef monitoring (grades 4-6). Lessons cover grades 3-12. The Changing Coral Reef Community Game ( PDF, 158 KB, 4 pgs.) Students (3-6) learn about the living requirements and ecology of three organisms that inhabit the coral reef: corals, sponges and seaweeds. The game requires the Coral Reef Organism Card Set. ( PDF, 1.2 MB, 27 pgs.) Architects of Seamount Ecosystems ( PDF, 188 KB, 6 pgs.) Students (7-8) learn how habitat-forming deep-sea corals benefit other species in deep-sea ecosystems. History's Thermometers ( PDF, 302 KB, 10 pgs.) Students (9-12) learn how oxygen isotope ratios are related to water temperature and interpret data to make inferences about climate change.
  • Activities Find K-12 classroom activities that complement lesson plans or can stand-alone, including coloring pages, crossword puzzles, jeopardy games, experiments, and physical activities.
  • Threats to coral reefs include overfishing, pollution, and global warming. Higher ocean temperatures result in increased storm activity, ocean acidification, and sea-level rise. Coral bleaching is a growing problem on the Great Barrier Reef. This section provides information, images, and links to additional resources.
  • Conservation addresses the status of corals, key threats, and current conservation efforts.
  • Resources For students and teachers who wish to do more research on coral ecosystems.


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