The links below provide access to lesson plans and other useful information to help incorporate coral reefs into the classroom. They are intended for use by educators in formal and informal classroom settings.
New Ocean Acidification Educational Module
The CRCP developed a new Ocean Acidification (OA) Data-in-the-Classroom Module, as part of the NOAA Ocean Data Education (NODE) Project. The new module incorporates real OA data collected in the Caribbean region. To read more about this educational module, please go here:
OA Educator Workshop Evaluation Report
In June, 2011, NOAA CRCP organized a series of three workshops in south Florida on its new Ocean Acidification Data-in-the-Classroom module, training over 80 participants in the science behind OA and how to teach it in the classroom. Evaluation assessed participant subject knowledge gains, material intent-to-use, self-reported ability and confidence to use OA data, and workshop rating. The final evaluation report is available here (PDF, 1.2 mb).
Coral Reef Educational Resources CD 2008. The 2008 edition of Coral Reef Educational Resources, formerly called the 2008 Resource Roundup CD, is a collection of coral reefs education and outreach materials created by state and federal agencies as well as non-profit organizations that are part of the Education and Outreach Working Group of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (Task Force). The contents of both editions of the 2008 CD are available from the link above. Of particular interest for educators, see the Lesson Plans; Student Activities; Guides and Resources; and Videos, Slideshows, and More pages.
NSTA Coral Resources. For the last several years, NOAA and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) have worked together to provide coral resources for Educators. These include symposia at annual NSTA conferences, Science Objects, and online Webinars, among other resources.
Remote Sensing and Coral Reefs Curriculum. This curriculum from NOAA Coral Reef Watch teaches 4th- to 6th-grade students about the satellites that hover around our planet, and how satellite monitoring of coral reefs helps to preserve these unique ecosystems.
NOS Corals Lesson Plans. Within the NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) listing of lesson plans, you will find six lesson plans pertaining to coral. Find them under the Earth Science and Life Science headings.
Corals Tutorial. This discovery kit contains three sections devoted to learning about coral reefs: an online tutorial, an educational roadmap to resources, and formal lesson plans (developed for grades 9-12).
Corals Roadmap to Resources. These online resources are meant to guide students and educators to topics presented in the Coral Tutorial.
Discover Coral Reefs - Project WET activity booklet. - includes fun, colorful and informative activities for kids in grade levels K-5. This booklet is available as a print product only. To request free hard copies (subject to availability), please contact us.
Coral Literature, Education and Outreach (CLEO). The CLEO Program Web site includes access to coral reef educational modules, live coral reef Web cameras, and a literature search. The CLEO Program leverages techniques developed at NOAA/Atlantic Oceanic and Meteorological Laboratory under the Explorer of the Seas, Coral Health and Monitoring Program, and Coral Reef Early Warning System programs.
NOAA Ocean Explorer Education Site. This site includes downloadable educational materials and lesson plans for all ages, including a wide variety of lesson plans that relate to coral reefs and deep-sea corals.
NOAA Educational Resources Site. This Web site provides links to a number of educational resources available from NOAA. The site includes resources for teachers, students and the public. Several of these resources are also individually highlighted on this Webpage.
NOAA National Ocean Service Education Site. This Web site provides links to a number of educational resources available from NOAA’s National Ocean Service. The site includes resources for teachers, students and the public. Several of these resources are also individually highlighted on this Webpage.
Reef Relief Founders.com: Educational Resources. This page of the Reef Relief Founders site links to a variety of educational resources, primarily about Caribbean reefs.