Generation Ocean: Coral Reefs Activities
Science [Middle & High School]
A flexible set of activities and lesson plans introducing coral reef science and the methods scientists are currently using to study and conserve coral reefs. Activities employ real world coral reef data sets and publications in an accessible way that enables students to become the observers, researchers, and scientific communicators addressing topics like biodiversity, species interdependence, population interactions, climate and human impacts on the environment.
Next Generation Science Standards
MS-LS2-1: Analyze & interpret data to provide evidence for effects of resource availability on organisms & populations of organisms in an ecosystem.
MS-LS2-4: Construct an argument by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
MS-ESS3-5: Ask questions to clarify evidence of factors that have caused the rise in global temps over past century.
Next Generation Sunshine State Standards
SC.7.L.17.3: Describe and investigate various limiting factors in local ecosystem & their impact on native populations, including food, shelter, water, space, disease, parasitism, predation & nesting sites. (Recognize that certain environmental factors limit size of a population).
SC.7.E.6.6: Identify impact that humans have had on Earth, such as air & water quality. (Identify sources & examples of water pollution & recognize that water cycle carries pollution to many places).