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Coral bleaching – will global warming kill the reefs?


ReefED (Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority, Australia)

'Exploring reef biodiversity' ideas for science – provides many suggestions for classroom activities for Years 3-10.

Reef rescue web quest – students are assigned roles (eg, marine botanist, diver) to find out how to respond to a hypothetical crisis upsetting the ecological balance on the Great Barrier Reef.

Reef rangers – students take on the role of 'reef rangers' to investigate some of the human impacts affecting marine ecosystems, and in particular, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park World Heritage Area.

Reef at risk – students investigate human-induced threats to the reef and study ways in which individuals, communities, industry and Government can protect, manage and conserve the Great Barrier Reef World Heritage Area.

Improving water and waste management – students investigate products and processes that reduce human related impacts on reef ecosystems.

Managing the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – students investigate the need for sustainable management practices.

Reef ecology – students explore the ecology of the Great Barrier Reef ecosystem and gain an appreciation of the diversity of life that it contains and the evolutionary process that have shaped the plants and animals that live there today.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (USA)

Coral bleaching in the Caribbean – students use real satellite data to determine when sea temperature will cause coral bleaching.

Seaworld Adventure Parks (USA)

Growing coral – students observe the growth of crystals, a process similar to the formation of calcium carbonate cups by coral polyps.

University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography (USA)

Introduction to satellite oceanography – introduces infrared satellite imagery and explains two sample images of sea surface temperatures. Explains how oceanographers use satellite images and suggests questions that students can answer by using images provided at the end of the web page.

OceanWorld (Texas A&M University, USA)

Coral reefs – students read articles on different aspects of coral reefs (eg, symbiotic relationships, the destruction and conservation of reefs), then take an Interactive online quiz.

Xpeditions Lesson Plans(National Geographic, USA)

Great Barrier Reef – students use the concept of ecotourism to learn about the environmental importance of coral reefs

Coral bleaching: Making our oceans whiter – students debate whether human contact should be impeded around coral reefs.

The pros and cons of artificial reefs – students consider whether artificial reefs are good for marine ecosystems.

US Geological Survey

How to construct four paper models that describe island coral reefs – directions and patterns are given for making a shield volcano, a fringing reef, a barrier reef and an atoll.

InnovatED (IP Australia)

Coral reefs lesson 1 – students consider the human threats to coral reefs and present their ideas in a play.

Coral reefs lesson 2 – students consider the natural threats affecting coral reefs and present their ideas for reef protection as a poster.

Coral Reef Education for Students and Teachers (Philippines)

CREST Manual – a manual on the basic ecology of coral reef ecosystems. Provides information, questions and activities on many different aspects of coral reefs (eg, 'What does a coral polyp look like?', 'How do coral polyps build reefs?' and 'Plankton').

Year of the ocean (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, USA)

25 things you can do to save coral reefs – most suggestions require coast or reef access.

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Page updated July 2008.