Laura Rose, Lisa Ayers Lawrence, Bridge Project - NOAA Sea Grant and National Marine Educators Association
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- Solutions and suggestions of how each student can make a difference is offered.
- Activity needs a hook to get students interested - ideally, a powerpoint presentation or some beautiful pictures of coral reefs.
About the Science
- Well referenced activity with links to NOAA animations and other very useful resources for educators and students about the use of real data.
- Activity asks students to build a trend from only 4 years of data - that is not scientific best practice - the discussion addresses this issue but nevertheless, it would be better to ask students to use more data points.
- Comment from scientist: The influence of acidity of the ocean on the coral populations should be introduced by the educator. I think this is a good activity for students to learn about coral reefs, and also practice skills including interpreting graphical data. I really like that the activity uses real data. There are good links to other websites with more detailed information and references.
About the Pedagogy
- Activity uses real data to draw conclusions about coral bleaching. The graphs are clear and easy to read. A clear path to accomplish objectives.
- Well designed guiding questions to interpret the graphs and think through the scientific process, and very interesting guiding questions for the discussion.
- Additional materials in the activity offer opportunities for students to learn the concepts in different ways.
- Students are given the data and then answer questions; no real inquiry - it could be hard to engage students in reading graphs and answering questions.
- This resource engages students in using scientific data.
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