NOS Corals Discovery Kit - Overview of coral reef conservation and research by National Ocean Service. Provides a coral reef definition and background on: coral biology and life cycle, zooxanthellae and symbiosis, ecology, reef formation and distribution, importance of reef habitats and ecosystems, current research and protection efforts, including the Coral Reef Early Warning System. Lesson plans include: tutorials on the biology of and threats to corals; activities on coral bleaching and reef management using sea surface temperature data; resource links and teacher guides. A NSTA SciLinks selected site.
NOAA Coral Reef Watch: Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs - Developed by a fifth grade teacher, the Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs curriculum includes lesson plans, which feature links to additional information, and PowerPoint presentations. Topics discussed include altimetry, phytoplankton and ocean color, symbiosis and coral anatomy, sea surface temperature and coral bleaching, and conservation. The lesson plans can be used in sequence or by themselves.
NOAA's Coral Reef - NOAA's webpage on coral reefs and why they need to be protected. Includes information on NOAA's coral reef initiative, coral health and monitoring program, and Year of the Reef (1997), plus coral reef photos, news releases, links and the Great American Fish Count.
CoralWatch - Built on a research project at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia, CoralWatch has developed a cheap, simple, non-invasive method for the monitoring of coral bleaching, and assessment of coral health. In the field, users simply use the Coral Health Chart to compare colors of corals with colors on the chart and record matching codes. Students submit their data and can view data from reefs around the world. Virtual components are also available.
Coral Literature, Education and Outreach Program (CLEO) - The CLEO Program offers educational modules that consist of three segments: background information of the science behind the instrument, a classroom experiment, and a teacher's section. Students plot and manipulate the data, and witness events live on the internet via a Coral Cam. Links to further reference and educational materials are also available. Module topics include coral spawning, coral bleaching, and the effects of carbon dioxide on coral reefs.
Navigating Change - Navigating Change is a project focused on raising awareness and motivating attitude and behavior change to better care for our islands and our ocean resources. Navigating Change is a five part, Hawaii DOE Standards aligned curriculum for grades 4-5. The collection modules include: The Voyage; Land to Sea Connection; Change Over Time; Human Impact; and You Make the Difference. Modules are in pdf format.
Contrasts in Blue: Life on the Caribbean Coral Reef and the Rocky Coast of Maine - The Smithosonian has produced this excellent resource that compares the rocky shore environment of Maine to the coral reef environment of the Caribbean. Lesson plans are on the webpages, and maps and activity sheets are available in PDF format. Grades 3-8.
Reef ED - The Great Barrier Marine Park Authority has created this website on coral reefs for teachers and students. You'll find teaching units, a resource and activity center for students, and an image library.
ReefBase - A database on coral reefs and their resources--here you can access coral reef data, take quizzes on corals, view images, get maps of reefs and more.
Coral Reefs - High school level information and images from Professor Jeff Levinton's Marine Biology Web.
Reef Environmental Education Foundation - Contains information on REEF, an organization devoted to preserving marine life through education, research and involvement. It includes a fish gallery with images and information on a variety of tropical fish.
Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve - "This is an excellent site for teachers and students. The site offers lesson plans, coral reef biology information and many opportunities for classes to become involved in Navigating Change and following the Hokule'a as it travels to the northern Hawaiian Islands." Mellie, teacher Grades 4&5
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force - Learn about this government task force created in 1998 to research, monitor and conserve coral reefs.
Coral Reef Protection: A Watershed Approach - EPA's home page on coral reef protection activities, including The International Coral Reef Initiative, and The Coral Reef Symposium.
NOAA's Coral Health and Monitoring Program (CHAMP) - CHAMP provides services and information sources for coral reef researchers and the public in order to help improve and sustain coral reef health throughout the world.
Reef Relief - Information on coral reefs, the threats facing them, current protection projects, and action you can take to help save reefs.
CARE: California Artificial Reef Enhancement Program - This website provides background information and photos about the artifical reefs off the coast of California, many of which are formed from old oil rigs. View maps of the reef locations, find out about the economic and environmental benefits of artificial reefs, or view close-up photos of beautiful corals.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary: Coral Reefs - Background information on coral reefs including their biology, zonation, economy, threats, and human impact plus links to research, restoration and monitoring.
Reef Protection International - RPI educates the public about the marine aquarium trade and promotes consumer behavior that enhances coral reef conservation. Featuring a reef fish guide, reef statistics, and general information on the state of coral reefs, this site serves as reference point for coral reef research projects and general knowledge.
Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Educational Resources - OBIS is the information component of the Census of Marine Life, a growing network of researchers engaged in a 10-year initiative to assess and explain the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the oceans. This site features an image library, middle to high school-level lesson plans, and education materials for resource managers. The activities help students organize, visualize, and interpret real scientific data, and participate side by side with scientists.
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