Investigating Coral Bleaching Using Data in the Classroom

Approximately 93 percent of the individual reefs in the Great Barrier Reef suffer from coral bleaching. Scholars learn how scientists monitor coral bleaching around the world as part of a larger series. They use actual data to answer comprehension questions, and then design their own investigations determining the relationship between sea temperature and coral reef health.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Set up an experiment watering plants with various temperatures of water
  • Discuss what people can do to prevent or repair the bleached coral reefs
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of coral reefs, climate change, and sea temperature

  • Incorporates presentation, video, and reading methodologies
  • Designed for NGSS as well as Common Core

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