NBC Learn/Windows to the Universe
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- Instructor should consider using either the related UCAR lesson plan (http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/fading_corals.html) or the EarthLabs module from which the lesson plan was adapted.
- This video is available on the http://www.windows2universe.org/ and the http://www.nbclearn.com/changingplanet websites. There is a transcript for the video at the latter website.
About the Science
- Video discusses coral bleaching, which is caused by warming ocean temperatures and ocean acidification.
- The focus is on the biology of corals and how researchers study the complex ecosystems of coral reefs.
- Comments from expert scientist: This video is very well done, with up-to-date research highlighted. The interviews with scientists are a highlight.
About the Pedagogy
- The video covers most aspects of the structure and function of coral reef with strong visuals, animations, interviews, and narration.
- The video can be used to introduce a unit on coral reefs.
- There is an accompanying lesson plan at: http://www.windows2universe.org/teacher_resources/fading_corals.html
- Also see an EarthLabs module on corals that can complement this resource: http://serc.carleton.edu/earthlabs/corals/activities.html
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