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4. Explanation: Display the map found at http://reefqis.reefbase.orq/mapper.asp to remind
students where coral reefs are found across the globe. You might want to zoom into
specific regions. Discuss the results of the "Coral Bleaching" demonstration as a class
and review students' answers to the "Coral Bleaching" questions. Teach students that
when zooxanthellae leave the coral polyp it is called "coral bleaching." The coral appears
colorless and eventually dies unless zooxanthelle "move in" to resume the symbiotic
* Distribute the "What Happened to the Coral?" handouts to all students. (If your students
need extra help with their geography skills, distribute world atlases at this point as well.)
Read and discuss the information as a class, then direct them to work with a partner to
complete the handout. Check answers as a class.
* Direct students back to the weather map at http://www.ametsoc.org/amsedu/dstreme/
(they must follow the same navigation steps as in the Engagement). Divide the class into
three groups: Gulf of Mexico, Atlantic Ocean (or East Coast), and Pacific Ocean (or
West Coast). Instruct students to use the information from the AMS's Datastreme
Atmosphere website to create a rough map of current sea surface temperatures in their
assigned region. Stress to student that it is impossible for them to map every
temperature variation in their assigned body of water, so they must just sample different
* Write the following scale up on the board for students to use: 10.3-13.9C (50.5-57.0
F) = purple, 14.0-19.2C (57.2-66.6 F) = blue, 19.3-24.4C (66.7-75.9 F) = green,
24.5-27.1C (76.1-80.8F) = yellow, 27.2-29.8C (81.0-85.6 F) = orange, 29.9-31.6C
* Have them visit the site http://www.osdpd.noaa.qov/PSB/EPS/SST/contourthumb.html
and click their assigned location in the Colored Field column. Students are to compare
their maps with NOAA produced ones.
* Distribute "Predicting Peril" handouts to students. Instruct them to work with a partner to
make predictions of coral bleaching events in the Caribbean.
Use the site http://www.osdpd.noaa.qov/PSB/EPS/SST/data/anw98d.qif to determine the
accuracy of students' predictions in "Predicting Peril."
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U.S. Global Change Research Program. Climate Change, Wildlife and Wildlands: A Toolkit for Formal and Informal Educators, text, June 2009; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc29330/m1/3/: accessed January 24, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; .