Resource Image Coral Reef Ecosystems
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Type of Resource: SciPack
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 based on 17 reviews
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Grade Level: Elementary School, High School, Middle School


SciPacks are self-directed online learning experiences for teachers to enhance their understanding of a particular scientific concept and its related pedagogical implications for student learning. Unlimited expert content help via email and a final assessment both facilitate and document teacher learning.

The Coral Reef Ecosystems SciPack, co-developed between NOAA and NSTA, explores the unique and diverse ecosystem of the coral reef. The focus is on Standards and Benchmarks related to populations and ecosystems using coral reefs and their immediate environment as an example. Because the Standards and Benchmarks present the concepts of populations and ecosystems generically, without reference to a specific ecosystem or the organisms in the system, coral reefs are used to provide the context through which concepts in a marine ecosystem are explored.

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Coral Reef Ecosystems
Posted in Life Science by Ronaldo Relador on Sat Dec 17, 2011 12:10 PM

I want to share to everyone in this thread that I just finished my scipack on coral reef. It was awesome experience. I...

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Intended User Role:Elementary-Level Educator, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Inquiry learning, Teacher content knowledge


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 3 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 3 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Life Science
    • The characteristics of organisms
      • Organisms can survive only in environments in which their needs can be met. (K-4)
    • Organisms and environments
      • An organism's patterns of behavior are related to the nature of that organism's environment, including the kinds and numbers of other organisms present, the availability of food and resources, and the physical characteristics of the environment.
    • Diversity and adaptations of organisms
      • Biological adaptations include changes in structures, behaviors, or physiology that enhance survival and reproductive success in a particular environment (5-8)

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User Reviews

Loved it!
  Jennifer Cooper on October 29, 2014
  This scipack gives so much information on coral reefs I really enjoyed reading through it. While I have not taken the post test, I still feel like I learned a lot by reading through this. I would recommended this for anyone who is interested in learning more about coral.

I highly recommend SciPacks
  Naomi Beverly (Marietta, GA) on August 27, 2014
  The structure of the SciPacks really help me understand the underlying concepts that surround each topic. Initially, I was unsure of how well I'd grasp scientific concepts in a self-paced, online format, but the carefully sequenced topics, interactive activities and simulations, in addition to the voice-over explanations work well together to help deepen my understanding in the content area. Especially valuable are the pedagogical implications and common student misconceptions. I feel a lot more knowledgeable about a subject after using a SciPack, and I highly recommend the Coral Reef Ecosystems SciPack to anyone needing to learn more about scientific topics!

Coral Reef
  Yisel R on April 13, 2014
  Great Sci Pack Very informative, learned a lot of things I didn't know about Coral Reef.

Coral Reef
  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on August 20, 2013
  I used this resource a lot in my middle school Earth Science Class and also as a C-DEBI asset during ALI'I with great results!

Great for an Aquatics Class
  Andrea Gouldy (Granbury, TX) on March 6, 2013
  This SciPack would be great for a teacher that teaches Aquatics or Environmental Science. A few relationships and concepts could be transferred to a Biology course but mostly knowledge more suited to a marine ecology course.

Great Overview of Coral Reef
  Rebecca F (Elizabeth, WV) on November 21, 2012
  I didn't have much background in coral reef biology and ecology. This SciPack provided a really nice general overview of principles. I would recommend if you need a brush-up.

Coral Reef Review
  Eve on March 26, 2012
  This scipack was wonderful in the sense that it is geared to all levels of teachers. It is full of valuable information and is easy to understand. It does not leave you feeling overwhelmed. Instead it gives you a better sense of how to take care of our oceans. The activities were very helpful because they give great examples with beautiful pictures. So far this was my favorite scipack. I would recommend this scipack to anyone especially those who live near the ocean or love the ocean.

Great introduction to corals
  Eric Carlson (Royal City, WA) on March 13, 2012
  I really didn't know anything about coral ecosystems before taking this SciPack. I learned how much time it takes to build a strong coral system, how fragile they are, and how valuable they are in the world's ecosystems. This SciPack definitely made me think about the impact my choices have on the environment.

Coral Reefs
  Jennifer Jarkow on February 26, 2012
  Initially I thought this scipack program would be exclusive to the coral reef ecosystem. While it did include an enormous amount of information about the reef itself, it also went on to discuss the dangers of human stresses and pollution. It discussed the various diseases and water necessities for a reef to thrive (like cloudy water, or a rising pH of the ocean can be detrimental to the reef ecosystems). These connected facts were highly interesting, and I now know far more than I did about the coral reefs.

Coral Reef Ecosystems
  Nancy (Louisville, KY) on February 22, 2012
  Coral Reef Ecosystems was informative and enjoyable. Participants learn of the effects of a variety of factors on the reefs of our tropical regions and how the reefs themselves may impact us. Both human interaction and global changes impact the reef and that in turn impacts diverse life in the ocean. Coral and the other animals that thrive on the reef are both beautiful and fascinating. The habitat is so fragile but has been able to thrive. Human awareness is a necessity.

Beauty in our Oceans
  Lorrie Armfield (Laurel, MD) on January 2, 2012
  Great resource (and of course graphics are absolutely beautiful). Nice refresher of the food web and food chain (and the difference between the two). This SciPack can be integrated into the classroom with ease, as it takes a concept that can be challenging for our scholars, and makes it understandable through texts, graphics, interactives, and self-assessment quizzes. Excellent resource.

My Review of Coral Reef Ecosystem
  Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on December 20, 2011
  I enjoyed this lesson so much that I have to go through the sci-objects over and over again. I found it really interesting.

Coral Reef Ecosystem is Amazing
  Ronaldo Relador (Bowie, MD) on December 17, 2011
  I was all hesitant before I took this subject. I actually tried to skip this several times thinking that it is but an appendix lesson that I may just take for a side lesson. However, I admit now after having taken it - it is great amazing material that touches the mainstream of Life and Environmental Sciences in neat way. It has the tender balance of theory and real life made so perfectly. You are like taking the Biology course and Environmental science so faithful to the book, and doing real-life with all its photos, examples, venue, etc. Awesome!

Interesting and Informative
  Jessica N on November 20, 2011
  Coral Reef Ecosystems so beautiful and diverse. This SciPack was incredibly interesting and kept me engaged throughout the entire process. There's so much to learn about coral reefs, and this SciPack packed a lot of information into the small course. Anyone who is interested in coral reefs or who teaches about coral reef ecosystems would benefit from completing this SciPack. It was great!

Coral reefs
  nancy bort (arlington, va) on January 31, 2011
  This was an excellent review of how abiotic factors affect a coral reef. I particularly liked the interactive activities such as selecting the factors that would help gorwth of coral reefs. I liked the little check facts quizzes. Excellent graphics and good idea to have maps showing latitudes of coral reefs around the world. Good to include abioitic factors like water pressure which is often omitted when marine/water ecosystems are studied.

Great SciPak - My Favorite
  Elizabeth Dalzell (Colorado Springs, CO) on January 22, 2011
  I loved this SciPak and out of the 6 I have taken this is my favorite. It is very helpful review on food webs, food chains, and other ecology type vocabulary. I think this SciPak could easily be used in all 3 levels of education. Elementary teachers you will be very successful in this SciPak as the information is straight forward, easy to understand and implement. I loved the pictures they provided throughout the Pak and my students enjoyed some of the quiz questions that were also given. I made a PowerPoint of the pictures that my students have enjoyed taking when they need a quick 3-5 minute break from a lecture or note taking lesson.

Assessment Questions
  James Johnson (Custer City, PA) on October 28, 2012
  I really like this SciPack but found the assessment questions that have multiple right or multiple wrong questions confusing and disturbing.