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Author

Paleontological Research Institution

Grades

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

Subjects

Science, Biology, Earth and Space Sciences, Climate Action

Regional Focus

Global

Format

YouTube Video

Threats to Coral Reefs

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Synopsis
  • A 13-year-old student presents what she learned about threats to coral reefs in this video. 
  • At the end of the video, she conveys an inspirational message to encourage people to take action and get involved in addressing climate change and protecting coral reefs. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This video contains some links to more resources and videos about climate change.
  • The video contains interesting scientific diagrams, numbers, and pictures that help the viewer understand the content.
  • At the end of this video, a message is conveyed to inspire people to take small actions at home to help protect coral reefs.

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students need to have a basic understanding of the threat to marine organisms from climate change.
  • The narrator in the video is a 13-year-old girl. She stumbles a few times on her words throughout the video. This video, however, is extremely powerful because she is a young person. Some of your students may connect with this video because the speaker is not an adult.

Differentiation

  • Support group: The teacher can pause the video at each threat to check students' understanding.
  • Extension Group: Students can be asked to find the connection between warm water and coral bleaching.
  • The teacher could ask students to complete a quiz about threats to coral reefs on Nearpod or Kahoot to check their knowledge from this video.
  • Students could be challenged to team up and find other solutions to preserve these important species and explore how scientists are protecting them.
  • Other recommended resources: Coral Reefs and Global Warming and Steve Palumbi and Megan Morikawa Study Coral Reef Damage in American Samoa.
Scientist Notes
This 6-minute video is a presentation by a 13-year-old student who is passionate about coral reefs. The video presents coral reef ecosystems and existing threats to coral reef health including overfishing, pollution, deforestation, invasive species, climate change, and other human activities. This resource is recommended for teaching.
Standards

This resource addresses the listed standards. To fully meet standards, search for more related resources.

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    • LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
      • MS-LS2-5. Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services.
      • HS-LS2-6. Evaluate 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.
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