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Bubble Reef

Grade Level:

K-6
Source: Reef Relief
Activity to teach students about coral reproduction, specifically broadcast spawning.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Bubble%20reef.pdf

Build an Ocean

Grade Level:

K-5
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students will identify basic mangrove/seagrass/coral reef plants and animals and describe this interrelated ecosystem.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Build%20an%20Ocean.pdf

Coral Construction

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students model the beginings of reef formation and the challenges of coral polyp settlement in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/activity3.pdf

Coral Constructors

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore the diversity of coral shapes using Lego building bricks, which they use to discover the impacts of storm action on different colonies withing the reef.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralconstructors.pdf

Coral Reef Café

Grade Level:

3-8
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will simulate how fishes on a reef feed to learn how the size and shape of a fish’s mouth can show what type of food it eats.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Coral Reef Race for Survival Game

Grade Level:

3-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
To foster an understanding of the survival needs of corals in their natural habitat and some of the destructive influences of human behaviors.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Coral%20Reef%20Race%20for%20Survival.pdf

Coral: What Portion is Alive

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will comprehend the living portion of stony corals are all on the exterior non-attached surface.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Coral%20-%20What%20portion%20is%20alive.pdf

Corals Up Close

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore coral polyp anatomy, how it fits into a colony, and coral feeding techniques by modelling coral polyps with their hands.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralupclose.pdf

Critter Collage

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students learn about and identify animals that live in shallow coral reefs.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/collage.pdf

Critter Collage II

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students learn about and identify animals that live in deep coral reefs.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/deepcollage.pdf

The Edible Coral Polyp

Grade Level:

K-5
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will review the parts of a coral polyp by building an edible coral polyp model.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/The%20Edible%20Coral%20Polyp.pdf

Egg Carton Coral

Grade Level:

K-6
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will construct models of coral colonies showing many aspects of the coral’s natural history – including the structure of coral polyps and the coral colony’s colonial life style.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Egg%20Carton%20Coral.pdf

Growing Corals

Grade Level:

3-8
Source: SeaWorld Educational Resources
Students will observe the growth of crystals that develop in a way similar to how coral polyps create their calcium carbonate cups.
Find More: http://da15bdaf715461308003-0c725c907c2d637068751776aeee5fbf.r7.cf1.rackcdn.com/6322d7c9e67942b1966436e731c8a1e8_k-4-growing-coral.pdf

How to Hide in the Ocean

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Woods Hole Sea Education Association
Students will observe and discuss the advantages of camouflage, then try their hands at designing a well-camouflaged fish.
Find More: https://www.sea.edu/academics/k-12_detail/how_to_hide_in_the_ocean

Manta Mysteries

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore the challenges of identifying and tracking manta rays through role playing activities.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/activity5.pdf

Marine Food Webs

Grade Level:

3-5
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Investigate contents of a plastic glove gelitain “stomach” to understand food web designs.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/edu.html#guide

A Marine Short Story

Grade Level:

K-5
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will read a short story on the effects of human impacts on coral reefs, discuss the different impacts, and then write their own story on what we can do to protect our corals.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/A%20Marine%20Short%20Story.pdf

Paint a Reef Mural

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students identify speceis of coral reef animals and their preferred habitat niches then share that knowledge by painting a mural together.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/reefmurallesson.pdf

Plastics Plastics Everywhere

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore how plastics affect the ocean environment and the impact they and their families have on the amount of plastic bags used each day, week, and year.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/plasticbaglesson.pdf

Reef Story Play

Grade Level:

K-5
Source: University of Miami
Students will act out characters in a coral reef play.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Reef%20Story%20Play.pdf

Sanctuary Alphabet

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: find the shapes of the alphabet in these photos taken at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/sanctuaryalphabet.pdf

Science Coral Reef Worksheets

Grade Level:

K-5
Source: ABCTeach.com
A variety of coral reef themed activities related to art, math and geography.
Find More: https://www.abcteach.com/directory/subjects-science-habitats-biomes-coral-reef-3773-2-1

Sinking Races

Grade Level:

2-8
Source: Woods Hole Sea Education Association
Students will build plankton models and compete to see which sinks most slowly.
Find More: https://www.sea.edu/academics/k-12_detail/sinking_races

Skip The Straw Pledge

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Teachers and students can learn about marine debris and take a pledge to not use plastic straws.
Find More: https://floridadep.gov/waste/waste/campaign/content/educator-resources-skip-straw

Swimming with Lobsters

Grade Level:

2-4
Source: PBS Learning Media
Short video that shows some aspects of lobster biology.
Find More: https://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/wild-kratts-4009-clip-swimming-with-lobsters/wild-kratts-4009-clip-swimming-with-lobsters/#.WnB83-SWzct

Weave a Food Web

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will discover the food/energy relationships within a food web in a coral reef habitat.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Weave%20a%20Food%20Web.pdf

Anatomy of a Coral Polyp

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: labelled drawing and description of the anatomy of a coraly polyp.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/polypanatomy.pdf

Blue Planet: Coral Seas

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Discovery Education
Students will work in small groups to identify basic info about coral polyps, reefs, and natural threats; create a poster and class presentation related to one of these topics. This lesson accompanies the Discovery Channel: Blue Planet Seas of Life series.
Find More: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/blue-planet-coral-seas.cfm

Bubble Reef

Grade Level:

K-6
Source: Reef Relief
Activity to teach students about coral reproduction, specifically broadcast spawning.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Bubble%20reef.pdf

Can’t Stand the Pressure

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will construct a device to experiment with pressure, density, floating and sinking, and will make observations of these phenomena.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Caution: Do Not Bleach!

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA NOS
Learn about major threats to coral reefs, Coral Reef Early Warning System, and how to eliminate threats.
Find More: https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/education/kits/corals/lessons/coral_bleach.pdf

Coral Aging

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Nick Tagliareni
Learn about coral growth rates using x-radiographs of coral cores and world U.S. events timelines.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Aging%20Coral.pdf

Coral Construction

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students model the beginings of reef formation and the challenges of coral polyp settlement in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/activity3.pdf

Coral Constructors

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore the diversity of coral shapes using Lego building bricks, which they use to discover the impacts of storm action on different colonies withing the reef.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralconstructors.pdf

Coral Cores: Ocean Timelines

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students use x-ray images of actual coral cores to discover how coral create their calcium carbonate skeletons and what those layers of growth can tell us.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralcores.pdf

The Coral Game

Grade Level:

6-8
Source: University of Texas
Students will learn coral reef ecology and the current dangers facing coral reefs through role play.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/The%20Coral%20Game.pdf

Coral Reef Café

Grade Level:

3-8
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will simulate how fishes on a reef feed to learn how the size and shape of a fish’s mouth can show what type of food it eats.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Coral Reef Crossword Puzzle

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students complete a crossword puzzle using general coral reef knowledge.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Coral%20Reef%20Crossword%20Puzzle.pdf

Coral Reef Crossword Puzzle

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students complete a crossword puzzle using general coral reef knowledge.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Coral%20Reef%20Crossword%20Puzzle.pdf

Coral Reef Crossword

Grade Level:

5-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students test their coral reef knowledge and vocabulary with this themed crossword puzzle.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralcrossword.pdf

Coral Reef Word Search

Grade Level:

5-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: review coral reef vocabulary by searching for words from Algae to Zooxanthellae.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralwordsearch.pdf

Coral Reef Jepardy

Grade Level:

5-12
Source: Florida Sea Grant
Based on the game Jepardy!, students will be challenged to compose the correct question when an answer is given related to coral reef biodiversity, reproduction, zonation, threats, and facts about southeast FL coral reefs.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Coral%20Reef%20Jeopardy.pdf

Coral Reef Models

Grade Level:

6-8
Source: USGS
Instructions and patterns for preparing a set of 3-D paper models that schematically illustrate the development of island coral. Students will learn about the relationships between volcanic islands, coral reef growth, and atolls.
Find More: https://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/usgsnps/sea/4reefs1.html

Coral Reefs, Polyps, and Heads

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will learn about how coral communities form, and assist in the builoding of a model.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/hilda_2.html

Coral Reef Race for Survival Game

Grade Level:

3-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
To foster an understanding of the survival needs of corals in their natural habitat and some of the destructive influences of human behaviors.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Coral%20Reef%20Race%20for%20Survival.pdf

Coral Spawning

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA CHAMP
A simple lesson that allows students to explain why corals gain reproductive advantage by spawning all at once.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Spawning%20activity.pdf

Coral Spawning, Bleaching, and Effects from CO2

Grade Level:

6-8
Source: NOAA Coral Health and Monitoring Program
Three lesson plans exploring coral spawning, bleaching, and effects from CO2. Each includes background info, a student experiment, and a teacher’s section.
Find More: http://www.coral.noaa.gov/resources/education.html

Coral Spawning Globe

Grade Level:

5-8
Source: NOAA National Marine Sanctuaries
Learn about coral spawning events by making a coral spawning globe.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralspawningglobe.pdf

Coral: What Portion is Alive

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will comprehend the living portion of stony corals are all on the exterior non-attached surface.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Coral%20-%20What%20portion%20is%20alive.pdf

Corals Up Close

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore coral polyp anatomy, how it fits into a colony, and coral feeding techniques by modelling coral polyps with their hands.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralupclose.pdf

Corrosion to Corals

Grade Level:

7-8
Source: NOAA Ocean Exporer
Preform an experiment to learn what causes electrical currents in the water and how this affects coral growth.
Find More: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/09lophelia/background/edu/media/09corrosion.pdf

Critter Collage

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students learn about and identify animals that live in shallow coral reefs.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/collage.pdf

Critter Collage II

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students learn about and identify animals that live in deep coral reefs.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/deepcollage.pdf

Design a Fish

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Gulf of Maine Aquarium
Students will design a fish adapted for a coral reef and another for cold marine environments.
Find More: http://octopus.gma.org/surfing/ocean/fish.html

Design a Reef!

Grade Level:

7-8
Source: NOAA Ocean Exporer
Explore the functions of different organisms on a reef.
Find More: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/08bonaire/background/edu/media/designreef.pdf

Effects of CO2 on Coral Reefs

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA CHAMP
Students will be able to explain the role of CO2 in photosynthesis/cellular respiration and carbonic acid’s impact on coral skeletons and pH.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Effects%20of%20CO2%20on%20Coral%20Reefs.pdf

Egg Carton Coral

Grade Level:

K-6
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will construct models of coral colonies showing many aspects of the coral’s natural history – including the structure of coral polyps and the coral colony’s colonial life style.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Egg%20Carton%20Coral.pdf

Growing Corals

Grade Level:

3-8
Source: SeaWorld Educational Resources
Students will observe the growth of crystals that develop in a way similar to how coral polyps create their calcium carbonate cups.
Find More: http://da15bdaf715461308003-0c725c907c2d637068751776aeee5fbf.r7.cf1.rackcdn.com/6322d7c9e67942b1966436e731c8a1e8_k-4-growing-coral.pdf

How to Hide in the Ocean

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Woods Hole Sea Education Association
Students will observe and discuss the advantages of camouflage, then try their hands at designing a well-camouflaged fish.
Find More: https://www.sea.edu/academics/k-12_detail/how_to_hide_in_the_ocean

Manta Mysteries

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore the challenges of identifying and tracking manta rays through role playing activities.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/activity5.pdf

Mealtime for Corals

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
This activity illustrates the feeding activity of a coral colony. Individual polyps, though connected, feed independently.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Mealtime%20for%20Corals.pdf

Microfishing

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Woods Hole Sea Education Association
Students collect living microorganisms and develop skills in microscopy, observation, speculation, hypothesizing, oral presentation, and raising questions.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Mealtime%20for%20Corals.pdf

Ocean Careers Exploration

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventure
Learn about the strengths of working in a diverse team while gathering information about ocean careers.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Ocean%20Careers%20Exploration.pdf

Oysters are More Than Food

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: JIn the Grass, On the Reef and PBS Learning Media
Short video explaining that oyster, while being important to the seafood industry, have lasting economic value when left on the reef.
Find More: https://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/53d3c34c-8d11-4b41-8d4b-76de90925e1c/osyters-are-more-than-food/#.WnB80-SWzcs

Paint a Reef Mural

Grade Level:

K-8
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students identify speceis of coral reef animals and their preferred habitat niches then share that knowledge by painting a mural together.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/reefmurallesson.pdf

Plastics In the Water Column

Grade Level:

6-8
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Compare plastic bouyancies with marine feeding strategies to understand how plastics effect marine animals.
Find More: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/-/m/pdf/education/curriculum/aquarium-6-8-plastics-in-thewater-column.pdf

Plastics Plastics Everywhere

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore how plastics affect the ocean environment and the impact they and their families have on the amount of plastic bags used each day, week, and year.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/plasticbaglesson.pdf

Protecting the Reef in More than Just a Game

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Based on the game Jenga, students will learn that there are many actions, both positive and negative, that can affect the health of a coral reef.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Reef Partners Wanted

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will identify several reef partnerships and describe how the organisms help each other.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Sanctuary Alphabet

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: find the shapes of the alphabet in these photos taken at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/sanctuaryalphabet.pdf

Skip The Straw Pledge

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Teachers and students can learn about marine debris and take a pledge to not use plastic straws.
Find More: https://floridadep.gov/waste/waste/campaign/content/educator-resources-skip-straw

Sinking Races

Grade Level:

2-8
Source: Woods Hole Sea Education Association
Students will build plankton models and compete to see which sinks most slowly.
Find More: https://www.sea.edu/academics/k-12_detail/sinking_races

Threat Ranking

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: PADI
Students will brainstorm to identify, rank, and discuss realistic ways to reduce perceived local threats to coral reefs. Promotes small group discussion and identification of local priorities for community-based conservation solutions.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Threat%20Ranking.pdf

Water Clarity

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will determine the relative clarity of different bodies of water and discuss why corals need clear water.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/felice_1.html

Water Salinity

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will determine the salinity of different water samples using a variety of methods and discuss how corals can tolerate some variation in the salinity of their environment.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/felice_2.html

Weave a Food Web

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will discover the food/energy relationships within a food web in a coral reef habitat.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Weave%20a%20Food%20Web.pdf

Weave a Food Web

Grade Level:

4-8
Source: Coral Reefs: An English Compilation of Activities for Middle School Students
Students will discover the food/energy relationships within a food web in a coral reef habitat.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Weave%20a%20Food%20Web.pdf

What if the Reef Dies?

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will model, using simple laboratory materials, aspects of reef ecology including how sewage discharge, CO2, and fish populations effect corals and how corals stop erosion.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/gail_2.html

Where’s the Salt?

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will learn how porous limestone filters salt.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/felice_3.html

Working as a Team

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Students will learn about symbioses and that interactions between organisms go beyond predator and prey.
Find More: http://www.stri.si.edu/english/PDFs/culebra_education_eng/lets_work_on_groups.pdf

Anatomy of a Coral Polyp

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: labelled drawing and description of the anatomy of a coraly polyp.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/polypanatomy.pdf

Blue Planet: Coral Seas

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Discovery Education
Students will work in small groups to identify basic info about coral polyps, reefs, and natural threats; create a poster and class presentation related to one of these topics. This lesson accompanies the Discovery Channel: Blue Planet Seas of Life series.
Find More: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/teachers/free-lesson-plans/blue-planet-coral-seas.cfm

Can’t Stand the Pressure

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will construct a device to experiment with pressure, density, floating and sinking, and will make observations of these phenomena.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Caution: Do Not Bleach!

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA NOS
Learn about major threats to coral reefs, Coral Reef Early Warning System, and how to eliminate threats.
Find More: https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/education/kits/corals/lessons/coral_bleach.pdf

Chasing Coral

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: An Exposure Labs Production
An educational documentary about a team of divers, photographers, and scientists that attempt to discover why coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate.
Find More: http://www.chasingcoral.com/

Coral Aging

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Nick Tagliareni
Learn about coral growth rates using x-radiographs of coral cores and world U.S. events timelines.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Aging%20Coral.pdf

Coral Bleaching: A White Hot Problem

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: Bridge Ocean Education
Asses coral bleaching using water temperature data from the NOAA National Data Buoy Center.
Find More: http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/DATA.cfm?Bridge_Location=archive0406.html

Coral Constructors

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore the diversity of coral shapes using Lego building bricks, which they use to discover the impacts of storm action on different colonies withing the reef.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralconstructors.pdf

Coral Cores: Ocean Timelines

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Students use x-ray images of actual coral cores to discover how coral create their calcium carbonate skeletons and what those layers of growth can tell us.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralcores.pdf

Coral Reef Crossword Puzzle

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Supplementary: students complete a crossword puzzle using general coral reef knowledge.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Coral%20Reef%20Crossword%20Puzzle.pdf

Coral Reef Fact Sheet

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: National Aquarium
Fact sheet about coral reef ecosystem, inhabitants, and conservation.
Find More: https://www.aqua.org/learn/learning-tools

Coral Reef Jepardy

Grade Level:

5-12
Source: Florida Sea Grant
Based on the game Jepardy!, students will be challenged to compose the correct question when an answer is given related to coral reef biodiversity, reproduction, zonation, threats, and facts about southeast FL coral reefs.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/K%20-%205/Coral%20Reef%20Jeopardy.pdf

Coral Reefs, Polyps, and Heads

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will learn about how coral communities form, and assist in the builoding of a model.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/hilda_2.html

Coral Snapshot: Biodiversity in Marine Protected Areas

Grade Level:

8-12
Source: Bridge Ocean Education
Practice using and comparing reef surveying methods.
Find More: http://www2.vims.edu/bridge/DATA.cfm?Bridge_Location=archive1109.html

Coral Spawning

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA CHAMP
A simple lesson that allows students to explain why corals gain reproductive advantage by spawning all at once.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Spawning%20activity.pdf

Coral Tutorial

Grade Level:

8-12
Source: NOAA National Ocean Service
An overview of coral biology, threats, and disease.
Find More: https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/education/tutorial_corals/welcome.html

Corals Up Close

Grade Level:

3-12
Source: Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary
Students explore coral polyp anatomy, how it fits into a colony, and coral feeding techniques by modelling coral polyps with their hands.
Find More: https://nmsflowergarden.blob.core.windows.net/flowergarden-prod/media/archive/document_library/eddocs/coralupclose.pdf

Design a Fish

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Gulf of Maine Aquarium
Students will design a fish adapted for a coral reef and another for cold marine environments.
Find More: http://octopus.gma.org/surfing/ocean/fish.html

Effects of CO2 on Coral Reefs

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA CHAMP
Students will be able to explain the role of CO2 in photosynthesis/cellular respiration and carbonic acid’s impact on coral skeletons and pH.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Effects%20of%20CO2%20on%20Coral%20Reefs.pdf

Expedition to the Deep Slope

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: NOAA Ocean Exporer
Students will learn the biology of Lophilia corals and why they a focus of conservation efforts.
Find More: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/explorations/07mexico/background/edu/media/corals.pdf

Get Your Quadrats in Gear

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will construct and use a quadrat (a simple piece of scientific gear) to gather information about their environment.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Keeping Watch on Corals

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: NOAA National Ocean Service
Students will learn why coral reefs are important and what can be done to protect them from major threats.
Find More: https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/education/kits/corals/lessons/coral_mgmt.pdf

Microfishing

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: Woods Hole Sea Education Association
Students collect living microorganisms and develop skills in microscopy, observation, speculation, hypothesizing, oral presentation, and raising questions.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Mealtime%20for%20Corals.pdf

Ocean Acidification

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: NOAA
Students will describe how humans affect carbon in the atmosphere, how CO2 affects pH, and how ocean acidification affects marine life.
Find More: https://www.st.nmfs.noaa.gov/Assets/Nemo/documents/lessons/Lesson_3/Lesson_3-Teacher’s_Guide.pdf

Ocean Careers Exploration

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Jean-Michel Cousteau Ocean Adventure
Learn about the strengths of working in a diverse team while gathering information about ocean careers.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Ocean%20Careers%20Exploration.pdf

Oysters are More Than Food

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: JIn the Grass, On the Reef and PBS Learning Media
Short video explaining that oyster, while being important to the seafood industry, have lasting economic value when left on the reef.
Find More: https://florida.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/53d3c34c-8d11-4b41-8d4b-76de90925e1c/osyters-are-more-than-food/#.WnB80-SWzcs

The Power of pH: Changing Ocean Chemistry

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: Monterey Bay Aquarium
Create a pH scale and use it to observe how the addition of CO2 affects pH and calcium carbonate.
Find More: http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/-/m/pdf/education/curriculum/aquarium-9-12-power-of-ph.pdf

Protecting the Reef in More than Just a Game

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Based on the game Jenga, students will learn that there are many actions, both positive and negative, that can affect the health of a coral reef.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

A Reef of You Own

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: NOAA National Ocean Service
Students will learn the physiological, ecological, and behavioral strategies that contribute to the success of reef-building corals.
Find More: https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/education/classroom/lessons/01_reef.pdf

Reef Partners Wanted

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will identify several reef partnerships and describe how the organisms help each other.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Skip The Straw Pledge

Grade Level:

K-12
Source: Florida Department of Environmental Protection
Teachers and students can learn about marine debris and take a pledge to not use plastic straws.
Find More: https://floridadep.gov/waste/waste/campaign/content/educator-resources-skip-straw

The Silt and Sediment of it All

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: Coral Reef Adventure Film
Students will build an underwater habitat to observe the effects that sediment and other environmental changes have on plant life growing in the habitat.
Find More: http://www.coralfilm.com/CRAEducatorGuide.pdf

Threat Ranking

Grade Level:

6-12
Source: PADI
Students will brainstorm to identify, rank, and discuss realistic ways to reduce perceived local threats to coral reefs. Promotes small group discussion and identification of local priorities for community-based conservation solutions.
Find More: https://southeastfloridareefs.net/uploads/Activities%20and%20lesson%20plans/6%20-%208/Threat%20Ranking.pdf

Water Clarity

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will determine the relative clarity of different bodies of water and discuss why corals need clear water.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/felice_1.html

Water Salinity

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will determine the salinity of different water samples using a variety of methods and discuss how corals can tolerate some variation in the salinity of their environment.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/felice_2.html

What if the Reef Dies?

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will model, using simple laboratory materials, aspects of reef ecology including how sewage discharge, CO2, and fish populations effect corals and how corals stop erosion.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/gail_2.html

Where’s the Salt?

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Bermuda Biological Station for Research and the College of Exploration
Students will learn how porous limestone filters salt.
Find More: http://www.coexploration.org/bbsr/coral/lessons/felice_3.html

Who Has the Data?

Grade Level:

9-12
Source: NOAA National Ocean Service
Students will have access to scientific data on coral reefs to use to explore how scientists collect and use data to monitor coral reefs.
Find More: https://aamboceanservice.blob.core.windows.net/oceanservice-prod/education/classroom/lessons/01_data.pdf

Working as a Team

Grade Level:

6-10
Source: Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute
Students will learn about symbioses and that interactions between organisms go beyond predator and prey.
Find More: http://www.stri.si.edu/english/PDFs/culebra_education_eng/lets_work_on_groups.pdf