• Views 685
  • Favorites
Photo by Francesco Ungaro via Unsplash

Database Provider




9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Videos, 7 minutes, 2 seconds, CC, Subtitles
  • Activity - Classroom
  • Worksheets


Google Docs, PDF, Downloadable MP4/M4V

Steve Palumbi & Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa

Ask a Question

  • In this activity, students watch a video to learn about the work of biologists Steve Palumbi and Megan Morikawa, who study coral reefs. 
  • Students complete a worksheet where they answer questions about the video and practice analyzing ocean temperature data. 
Teaching Tips


  • All necessary materials are provided allowing for easy implementation. 
  • The video includes actual footage of coral reefs and research divers which will be engaging for students.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The worksheet is available as a fillable PDF and as a google doc.
  • All materials are also available in Spanish.
  • The activity is designed to fill one 50-minute class period.


  • The website includes a video of a teacher discussing how they use this resource in their class.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with math classes by further discussing how to analyze graphs and the meaning of slope in real-world contexts, which are both touched on in the worksheet.
  • Students could research and propose their own plan for how to help restore a coral reef.
  • Other activities by Biointeractive on the topic of coral reefs are Interactive Exploration of Coral BleachingResistance to Coral Bleaching, and Coral Reefs and Global Warming.

Scientist Notes
There is no contradiction in the resource, laboratory work and experiment carried out is appropriately done. This resource is recommended.
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • HS-ESS3-5 Analyze geoscience data and the results from global climate models to make an evidence-based forecast of the current rate of global or regional climate change and associated future impacts to Earth’s systems.
    • 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.
    • LS3 Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
      • HS-LS3-2 Make and defend a claim based on evidence that inheritable genetic variations may result from: (1) new genetic combinations through meiosis, (2) viable errors occurring during replication, and/or (3) mutations caused by environmental factors.
  • English Language Arts
    • Writing (K-12)
      • W.9-12.3 Routinely produce a variety of clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, audience, and purpose.
  • Related Resources


    Login to leave a review