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Welcome to Corals
This resource features three sections devoted to learning about coral reefs: an online tutorial, an educational roadmap to resources, and formal lesson plans. The tutorial presents an overview of coral biology and threats to coral reefs. Topics include characteristics of corals, the relationship of corals and zooxanthellae, stony corals and reef formation, the importance of coral reefs, and natural and anthropogenic threats. The roadmap to resources provides a set of links to specific data related to the information presented in the tutorial. Lesson plans on corals are also provided. Each lesson integrates information presented in the tutorial with data offerings from the roadmap to resources.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
  • College (13-14)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Lesson plan
    • Tutorial
  • Visual:
    • Illustration - scientific
  • Text:
    • Index / Bibliography
    • Ref. material
  • Biology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental science
  • Ocean Sciences:
    • Biological oceanography
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required for lesson plans.
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
Information presented on this Web site is considered public information and may be distributed or copied.
DLESE Catalog ID: DLESE-000-000-007-697
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • C - Life science:
        • Population and ecosystems
        • Regulation and behavior
        • Reproduction and heredity
        • Structure and function in living systems
    • 9-12:
      • Unifying concepts and processes:
        • Evidence, models, and explanation
      • C - Life science:
        • Behavior of organisms
        • Interdependence of organisms
        • Matter, energy, and organization in living systems
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Publisher: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service