Coral Protection and Monitoring: Links for Teachers

NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program Lesson Plan: Remote Sensing and the Electromagnetic Spectrum

The purpose of this lesson is to teach students that energy from the sun can be measured with a thermometer and that there is measurable energy beyond the visible spectrum of light, specifically, the ultraviolet and infrared wavelengths.
http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/education/docs/
1_EM_Spectrum.pdf


Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Inquiry Materials, Misconceptions

NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program Lesson Plan: Conservation

This activity illustrates the ways that human actions can affect the health of corals.
http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/education/docs/
7_Conservation.pdf


Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Inquiry Materials

NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program Lesson Plan: Altimetry

The purpose of this lesson is to introduce the use of satellites as a tool for studying the Earth. Students will learn how satellites help scientists monitor sea surface height.
http://coralreefwatch.noaa.gov/satellite/education/docs/
2_Altimetry.pdf

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Data Sources, Misconceptions

NOAA's Ocean Service Lesson Plan: Keeping Watch on Coral Reefs

Why are coral reefs important and what can be done to protect them from major threats? This lesson plan allows students to create their own investigations to explore why reefs are important and why they need to be protected.
http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/kits/corals/lessons/keep_watch.html


Features: Lesson Ideas, Assessment, Data Sources, Inquiry Materials, Misconceptions

Coral Bleaching Lesson Plan: Making Our Oceans Whiter

Increased human activity in and around coral reefs cause reefs to undergo changes such as coral bleaching. With this lesson plan, students will research and then debate the issues of reef preservation and conservation.
http://www.nationalgeographic.com/xpeditions/lessons/04/g68/
bowercoral.html


Features: Lesson Ideas, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment

Lesson Plan: Stopping the Demise of the World's Coral Reefs

This lesson plan shows how interdependent ecosystems can be destroyed when one habitat experiences distress or harm.
http://www.pbs.org/newshour/extra/teachers/lessonplans/science/
coralreefs.html


Features: Lesson Ideas, Online Interactivity, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment, Inquiry Materials

Secrets of the Ocean Realm: City in the Sea

On this Web page, conduct discussions with your students on current threats to coral reefs worldwide.
http://www.pbs.org/oceanrealm/intheschool/school7.html

Features: Lesson Ideas, Assessment

The Planetary Coral Reef Foundation's International Save the Coral Reefs Campaign

Students can make a difference in the protection and conservation of reefs. Visit this page for information on acquiring a complete set of curricula.
http://www.pcrf.org/campaign.html

Features: Lesson Ideas, Inquiry Material

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