Pipeline to the Coral Reefs

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Discover firsthand the effects of internal waves on coral reefs. Through a series of experiments, learners simulate internal waves and upwelling events as they make observations on the movement of water and other debris. They then consider these real ocean phenomena as they draw conclusions about their effects on the coastal ecosystem.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Record new vocabulary in a graphic organizer such as a Frayer diagram
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires the set up of a specific set of materials prior to the lesson
  • Expects a fundamental understanding of the ocean ecosystem
  • Lab activity uses common household items
  • Provides a detailed teacher guide to aid in planning and instruction
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