Habitat: Links for Teachers

NOAA's National Ocean Service: Corals Tutorial

NOAA's National Ocean Service supports in research and efforts to conserve coral ecosystems. On this Web site, you will find an online tutorial with animations, video, and a “roadmap” of NOAA corals Web Sites.

Features: Lesson Ideas, Graphics/Multimedia, Data Sources

NOAA's Coral Reef Watch Program Lesson Plan: An Introduction to Coral Reefs

This lesson plan is part of a larger curriculum, but can also be used independently. The purpose of the lesson is to introduce students to coral reefs by identifying their locations in the water and around the globe. There is a fun extension activity as well.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas, Graphics/Multimedia, Assessment

NOAA's Ocean Explorer Lesson Plan: Deep - Sea Coral Biodiversity

Help your students learn about the similarities and differences of tropical and deep-sea corals.

Features: Lesson Ideas, Assessment

NOAA's Ocean Explorer Lesson Plan: Who’s Your Neighbor?

Deep in the ocean off the Carolina coast lies an almost unexplored coral habitat. This lesson asks students to do Internet research then discuss data compiled by an expedition to this area. Feeding strategies and habitat interactions are a focus.

Features: Lesson Ideas, Assessment

NOAA's Ocean Explorer Lesson Plan: Currents - Bad for Divers; Good for Corals

Students can complete this activiy to determine how deep-sea currents are affected by submarine topography.

Features: Hands-on Investigation, Lesson Ideas

NOAA's Ocean Explorer Lesson Plan: Feeding in the Flow

In this activity, based on the 2003 NOAA Ocean Exploration expedition to the Charleston Bump, students use real data to investigate how current flow affects food capture by deep-water corals.

Features: Lesson Ideas, Data Sources

NOAA's Ocean Explorer Lesson Plan: History's Thermometers

In this activity, based on the 2006 Exploring Ancient Underwater Coral Gardens NOAA Ocean Exploration expedition to the Davidson Seamount, students interpret data on oxygen isotope ratios to make inferences about climate and climate change in the geologic past.
http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/06davidson/background/edu/ thermoms.pdf

Features: Data Sources, History

Dive In: An Ocean Quest

You and your team have been selected to be part of the crew on the ship, Detective Divers. In this webquest, you will be exploring the oceans to learn about coral reef ecosystems.

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

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