In this interactive video, students will learn about the symbiotic relationship between corals and zooxanthellae and how changes in ocean temperatures can cause corals to expel zooxanthellae resulting in coral bleaching.
This resource is engaging and would work well in virtual learning environments or the classroom.
The articles offer interactive quiz questions that will provide students with immediate feedback.
A PDF transcript of the video is located in the upper righthand corner of the screen.
Pointing the cursor at the bottom of the video will allow students to view the video settings. Students can turn on closed captions or turn on the audio descriptions by clicking the wheel icon.
Students will need a computer or other device if they are working in groups or individually.
Students must click on the blue boxes that appear when the video pauses to access the extra resources.
Biology classes could use this interactive video for lessons on symbiosis, asexual reproduction, cellular biology, or ecosystems.
Students could work in groups to make vocabulary notecards (on paper or digitally) using the terms in the video and accompanying articles.
Coral reefs are very essential in sustaining habitat for phytoplankton and also reducing ocean acidification. This is a good resource to explore coral bleaching and its impact on aquatic resources, the food chain, and humans. It is recommended for teaching.
Science and Engineering
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
MS-ESS3-4 Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems.
LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
MS-LS1-1 Conduct an investigation to provide evidence that living things are made of cells; either one cell or many different numbers and types of cells.
HS-LS1-4 Use a model to illustrate the role of cellular division (mitosis) and differentiation in producing and maintaining complex organisms.
LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
HS-LS2-6 Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.
HS-LS2-7 Design, evaluate, and refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment and biodiversity.
English Language Arts
R.9-12.7 Interpret words and phrases as they are used in various texts, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings, and analyze how specific word choices shape meaning or tone.