coral reef education
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400 Montgomery Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94104 USA
(415) 788-REEF (7333)
Fax (415) 331-4064
E-mail: coral at igc.apc.org
Web site: http://www.blacktop.com/coralforest
CORAL FOREST TEACHER'S GUIDE
Much of CORAL FOREST's mission to preserve coral reef ecosystems is
accomplished through education. As a part of our organizational
strategy and in response to numerous requests from teachers around the
world, CORAL FOREST has developed an interdisciplinary, hands-on
Teacher's Guide for grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. With more than 160
pages, it is currently the most extensive and comprehensive coral reef
teacher's guide available in the United States.
CORAL FOREST's Executive Director Wendy Weir recruited master teachers
experienced in curriculum development to help produce this spirally
integrated guide. It was first written and tested in the classroom by
our team of teachers, then edited and field-tested by other teachers,
educators from major aquariums and scientific institutions, scientific
advisors, and CORAL FOREST staff. The guide is contained in a
three-ring binder making it easy to add information and lesson plan
updates. A full-color interpretive poster - The Coral Forest:
Diversity of Life on the Coral Reef, a scripted slide presentation,
and several books are also available as supplementary references,
along with our web site located at
The objective of the Teacher's Guide is to present students and
teachers with highly informative yet interesting educational material
that will encourage them to think about the complexity of coral reefs
and their surrounding environment, the threats reefs are facing, and
the possible solutions to these threats. The guide also presents
students with different ways to take action to save reefs, thereby
instilling in them the understanding and confidence that they can
improve the world in which they live.
Organization of the Materials
The Teacher's Guide is divided into three sections:
=80 Background Information
=80 Lesson Plans: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12
All information contained in these sections may be reproduced for
classroom use only.
Background Information - The Background Information provides teachers
of all grades with extensive information about coral reefs, so that
they can effectively instruct their students and use the lesson plans.
It addresses three major areas.
=80 What and Where are the Coral Reefs? describes the
anatomy,reproduction and feeding behaviors of coral polyps, as well
as their geographic location and formation.
=80 Life on the Coral Reef explains the biodiversity of
the coral reef ecosystem and describes the protection and predation
techniques of the myriad of marine life that makes up the coral reef
food chain. This section also introduces four native coastal peoples
and shows how they are taking action to protect their marine
=80 Benefits, Threats, and Solutions emphasizes the
economic and ecological importance of coral reefs to both humans and
It demonstrates the anthropogenic threats reefs are facing and
possible solutions to these problems.
Lesson Plans: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 - The lesson plans, with activities,
masters, and assessment instruments, correlate with the three major
areas discussed in the Background Information. Each lesson provides
the teacher with clear educational objectives and an interdisciplinary
index to relate the curriculum to pertinent subject areas, such as
science, math, geography, art and language arts. It also provides
guidelines for presentation of the material, and suggestions for
follow-up and extension of the lessons.
The lesson plans are formatted as follows: objective,
interdisciplinary index, vocabulary, materials, presentation, and
follow-up/extension. Where relevant, they also contain review
Resources - At the end of the Teacher's Guide is a resource section
containing a glossary, bibliography, references for students, list of
coral reef-related organizations, educational merchandise, and action
programs. This material supports and enhances the teacher's ability
to present information about coral reefs in an efficient and thorough
manner, and to expand the students' study and involvement with reefs
CORAL FOREST is currently having the Teacher's Guide adapted and
translated into Spanish and Hindi, and is working with the Smithsonian
Tropical Research Institute to develop educational programs based upon
this material for use in Central and South American countries.
CORAL FOREST EDUCATIONAL PRODUCTS
BARU BAY: AUSTRALIA
Children's book and audio cassette tape
with narration. By Bob Weir and Wendy
Weir. 40 pages, 9" x 12" hardcover.
Also available: PANTHER DREAM
THE CORAL FOREST Diversity of Life on the Coral Reef. Full color poster
with key to the illustration and information. 25" x 36"
Coral reef teacher's guide with detailed
background information, interdisciplinary
lesson plans for K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 and
resources. 158 pages in white 3-ring binder.
Scripted slide presentation which corresponds to Background
Information in Teacher's Guide. 40 full color coral reef slides.
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