NBC Learn/Windows to the Universe
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Middle School: 3 Disciplinary Core Ideas
High School: 4 Disciplinary Core Ideas
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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 featured. 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
Next Generation Science Standards See how this Video supports:
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 3
MS-ESS2.D1:Weather and climate are influenced by interactions involving sunlight, the ocean, the atmosphere, ice, landforms, and living things. These interactions vary with latitude, altitude, and local and regional geography, all of which can affect oceanic and atmospheric flow patterns.
MS-ESS3.C1:Human activities have significantly altered the biosphere, sometimes damaging or destroying natural habitats and causing the extinction of other species. But changes to Earth’s environments can have different impacts (negative and positive) for different living things.
MS-LS4.D1:Changes in biodiversity can influence humans’ resources, such as food, energy, and medicines, as well as ecosystem services that humans rely on—for example, water purification and recycling.
Disciplinary Core Ideas: 4
HS-ESS2.D1:The foundation for Earth’s global climate systems is the electromagnetic radiation from the sun, as well as its reflection, absorption, storage, and redistribution among the atmosphere, ocean, and land systems, and this energy’s re-radiation into space.
HS-ESS2.D3:Changes in the atmosphere due to human activity have increased carbon dioxide concentrations and thus affect climate.
HS-ESS3.C1:The sustainability of human societies and the biodiversity that supports them requires responsible management of natural resources.
HS-LS4.D1:Humans depend on the living world for the resources and other benefits provided by biodiversity. But human activity is also having adverse impacts on biodiversity through overpopulation, overexploitation, habitat destruction, pollution, introduction of invasive species, and climate change. Thus sustaining biodiversity so that ecosystem functioning and productivity are maintained is essential to supporting and enhancing life on Earth. Sustaining biodiversity also aids humanity by preserving landscapes of recreational or inspirational value.