The Coral Check-up Lesson Series

Left: Drawing of a boy and girl coloring a fish. Right: Drawing of a teacher writing on a chalk board.
A spotted moray eel or puhi peeks out of the reef while Dr. Randy Kosaki conducts a survey on Maro Reef in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument. Image: Greg McFall/NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 2011

The Coral Check-up Lesson Series introduces students to coral reef monitoring and ecology through virtual real world experiences focused in the Hawaiian archipelago. Students use NOAA and NOAA partner data and resources to assess coral bleaching impacts, immersing themselves in a worldwide effort to protect and conserve coral reefs. The goal of this series is for students to become educated about and value the coral reefs of the Hawaiian Archipelago, including the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands and the marine national monument that protects them. Doing so will allow students to come to view themselves as reef stewards, budding scientists, and active agents for change.

Intended for grades 7-9, adaptable for upper elementary and early high school.
Aligned with NGSS / Common Core / Ocean Literacy Principles

Teacher's Guide cover
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The Teacher’s Guide contains background information, lesson plans, lesson extensions, answer keys, and other special information to aid in teaching.

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The Student Field Journal serves as each student’s personal workbook. It contains instructions, hyperlinks, guiding questions, and room to record observations and notes for each section of this lesson series. The fillable forms embedded within the PDF allow each student to record their work directly within their field journal.

Interested in learning more?

Visit the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) Coral Reef Ecosystems Resource Collection. Check out the ONMS Education Page for more STEAM lessons, activities, and resources exploring and celebrating the diverse ecosystems, cultures, and histories protected and honored within the National Marine Sanctuary System.