Coral Bleaching in the Caribbean

In this activity, students examine NASA satellite data to determine if sea surface temperature has reached a point that would cause coral bleaching in the Caribbean.

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Rex Roettger

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

It may be helpful to extend the scope of this activity and allow students to explore coral bleaching worldwide.

Suggestion to start the lesson: Let students explore where coral reefs are as an introduction. The activity assumes that students know where coral reefs are in the Caribbean.

The educator will have to help students draw the connection between coral bleaching, sea surface temperature, and global warming; this is only addressed in the extension activity but should definitely be addressed in the lesson.