An octocoral undulates with the current in the clear waters off of Palm Beach.

An octocoral undulates with the current in the clear waters off of Palm Beach.

Photo: Joe Marino

A sharpnose puffer is one of several species of puffer fish that can be found on southeast Florida reefs.

A sharpnose puffer is one of several species of puffer fish that can be found on southeast Florida reefs.

Photo: Joe Marino

A bearded fire worm feeding on an octocoral.

A bearded fire worm feeding on an octocoral.

Photo: Joe Marino

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Coral Reef and Marine Educational Web Links for Educators

The following links provide educators with resources, lesson plans and activities to use in the classroom.

Coral Reef Adventure
Educator’s Guide
Recommended books for kids and adults

Jean-Michel Cousteau’s Ocean Futures Society – Coral Reef Fun
Educational Adventures
Interactive Games
Ocean Photo Gallery

Monterey Bay Aquarium
Interactive Games and Activities for younger kids
Lessons for Teachers for Grades K-12
Coloring Pages
Underwater web camera with live feed

NOAA Coral Health and Monitoring Program
Lesson Plans on coral spawning, bleaching and effects of CO2 on coral reefs

NOAA Education Resources for Teachers
Educational activities
Publications
Booklets

NOAA Ocean Explorer
Lesson Plans
Curriculum for Grades 6-12
Ocean explorations – journals, photos, videos
Professional development opportunities for educators
Ocean careers

NOAA National Ocean Service
Coral Tutorial - an overview of the biology of and threats to coral reefs
Lesson plans on corals for Grades 9-12, but adaptable for middle school

Ocean Adventures – Jean-Michel Cousteau
Ocean explorations around the globe, including the Florida Keys
Teachers Guides to the ocean explorations
Lessons Plans for all grades
Interactive Games

Sea World
Teachers Guides for K-12
Classroom Activities

Shedd Aquarium – Educational Adventures
Lesson Plans for Grades PreK-12
Fact Sheets
Interactive Games and Activities

Smithsonian Education – Ocean Planet
Lesson plans for all grades