Investigating Coral Bleaching: Teacher Resources
Interested in engaging your students with real-time NOAA data? In this module, designed for 6-12th grade classrooms, students investigate In this module, students will use real data to investigate the consequences of rising sea surface temperature on coral reefs. They will also consider the importance of coral reefs in their own lives. There are many ways to integrate some or all of the lessons in this module into your course. One example, aimed at middle school teachers, is provided below.
The digital module offers lessons at five different levels, beginning with basic graph interpretation (Levels 1 & 2) and building towards activities that challenge students to ask questions and develop their own data investigations (Levels 4 & 5). Student worksheets complement each of the five lessons.
- Teacher Guide: Investigating Coral Bleaching
- Level 1: Student worksheet
- Level 2: Student worksheet
- Level 3: Student worksheet
- Level 4: Student worksheet
- Level 5: Student worksheet
Online data visualizations and user-friendly tools for accessing and exploring NOAA data are integrated throughout each of the five levels. Through this module, students can explore data maps from NOAA Coral Reef Watch global satellite coral bleaching Degree Heating Week (DHW) data. These data products show how much heat stress has accumulated in an area over the past 12 weeks (3 months). Need help using the data tools? Contact us for assistance.
The activities in this module can be incorporated into an existing curriculum or unit of study to support the three dimensional learning (principles, core ideas, and concepts) introduced in the K-12 Framework for Science Education.