A collection of teaching materials #ForCoral, a mix of webpages and resources in PDF, to help increase Communication, Education, and Public Awareness on coral reefs worldwide.
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Train the Trainers resources
The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) and partners have developed a “Train the Trainers” program for tour guide operators in the Mesoamerican Reef to more effectively educate tourists about coral reefs and how to protect them. The resources, which include videos, handouts, and presentations, can be relevant to tourism operators worldwide.
Coral Reef Ecology Curriculum
The Khaled bin Sultan Living Oceans Foundation has developed free coral reef education materials to engage and inspire students to learn about coral reefs and become stewards of this vital ecosystem. Aimed at high school level students, the Curriculum provides learning material for students, teachers, and guests, divided into different units.
National Marine Sanctuaries – resources for teachers
The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries has a webpage providing teachers with resources and training to support ocean literacy in classrooms, including curriculum, lesson plans, and activities.
NOAA’s teachers’ webpage to highlight coral reefs: IYOR2018
ICRI declared 2018 the third International Year of the Reef, for which the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) collated resources to help you embrace the opportunity to teach about coral reefs and our global ocean.
NOAA’s Marine Debris Program learning resources
The Marine Debris Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a webpage with activities and curricula resources free to download, including puzzles, brain-teasers, colouring activities, and formal curricula for Grades 1-12.
NOAA’s Data in the Classroom – Coral Bleaching
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has online modules and educators resources for students to use historical and real-time NOAA data to explore today’s most pressing environmental issues, including a coral bleaching module designed for grades 6-12.
Reef Resilience courses
The Reef Resilience Network has designed online courses to provide easy access to the latest science and strategies for managing coral reefs in a changing climate, all available for free and self-paced, with some available in multiple languages.
NOAA’s Coral Reef Conservation Program education resources
The Coral Reef Conservation Program of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has a webpage collating coral reef resources for students, teachers, and anyone interested in coral reefs.
Coral Watch curriculum-linked materials
Coral Watch has collated a webpage providing resources for teachers to engage students with coral reef science and monitoring.
World Resources Institute coral reef dashboards
The World Resources Institute has developed global and regional summaries of the importance, status and outlook of coral reefs around the world.
Resources in PDF
Conservation Outreach Manual – tips for building public awareness
Tips on creating awareness events, environmental games, engaging schools and designing surveys for conservation
Coral Cores: Ocean timelines lesson plan
Includes links to curricula, lesson plans and activities on coral reefs and ocean science
Coral Oceans booklet ages 11-14
These resources for teachers aimed at students aged 11-14 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions from 2012.
Coral Oceans booklet ages 7-11
These resources for teachers aimed at students aged 7-11 are based on the journeys undertaken by science teams taking part in the XL Catlin Seaview Survey expeditions from 2012.
Long-term reef monitoring lesson plan
Lesson plan and activities focused on long-term reef monitoring
Our Commonwealth Ocean Teachers’ education pack
A teachers’ education pack to promote ocean literacy produced in support of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018
Coral Reef Teacher’s Guide
A guide for teachers on coral reefs, with background information, lesson plans and other resources