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Authors

UCI Science Project, The Ocean Agency

Grades

6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences

Resource Types

  • Lesson Plan
  • Presentation Slides
  • Artwork
  • Worksheet
  • Video, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
  • Video, 1 minute, 2 seconds
  • Activity - Classroom

Regional Focus

Global

Format

Google Slides, PDF

The Magic of Coral Secondary Lesson Plan

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Synopsis
  • This lesson plan and materials include everything needed to deliver a highly engaging and important lesson about coral bleaching. 
  • Students will learn through inquiry, reflect on how humans impact coral ecosystems, and cultivate awareness with a culminating art installation.
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • The materials that accompany this lesson are beautifully designed and well researched. 
  • The teacher notes that accompany each slide are thorough and will help teachers deliver an engaging learning experience. 
  • This lesson can take one session, but there are plenty of optional additional materials that will extend learning.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students would benefit from understanding scientific vocabulary terms such as carbon emissions, carbon footprint, polyp, and zooxanthellae. 
  • For the optional extension, teachers will need to locate a space to display the art installation and materials for the artwork. 

Differentiation

  • Cross-curricular connections can be made for this resource in a language arts classroom where students use their learning to create persuasive writing, speeches, or public service announcements to persuade their audience to pledge to make a change that will benefit coral and mitigate coral bleaching. 
  • Teachers could project the infographic onto a whiteboard and have students mark it up with reactions using dry erase markers to show what aspects of the piece are most meaningful, surprising, or exciting to them. 
  • Other related resources include this interactive video about coral bleaching, this lab unit on coral, and this activity where students can interpret data about coral resistance to bleaching. 
Scientist Notes
Corals appear to be the "rainforest" of the sea. The impact of corals on the marine ecosystem is enormous and it is worth exploring. Students will be excited to learn about the roles humans can play in restoring coral reefs in our marine ecosystem. This resource is suitable for the classroom.
Standards
  • Science and Engineering
    • ESS2: Earth’s Systems
      • HS-ESS2-2 Analyze geoscience data to make the claim that one change to Earth’s surface can create feedbacks that cause changes to other Earth systems.
    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-4 Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.
      • MS-LS2-5 Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • 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.
  • English Language Arts
    • Speaking and Listening (K-12)
      • SL.6-8.1 Prepare for and participate in conversations across a range of topics, types, and forums, building on others' ideas and expressing their own.
      • SL.9-12.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including point of view, reasoning, and use of evidence and rhetoric.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard D1 - Synthesize and relate knowledge and personal experiences to make art.
      • D.D1.9-12acc Utilize inquiry methods of observation, research, and experimentation to explore unfamiliar subjects through artmaking.
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