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NOAA, NSTA Offer Online Coral Reef Ecosystems Teaching Tool

Posted Oct 2, 2006
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The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) unveiled a new Web-based science toolbox, the Coral Ecosystem SciGuide for grades 9-12.

The SciGuide pulls together top Internet resources on coral science and organizes them into three major themes for the classroom: coral reef biology, coral ecosystems, and coral conservation. All of the Web-based resources are aligned with national science education standards for a range of grade levels.

The science toolbox highlights NOAA resources such as online tutorials and complete hands-on inquiry-based lesson plans from the National Ocean Services. Audio clips of teachers describing their uses of the Web-based materials are included. Also offered are classroom activities, computer simulations and teaching aids, including samples of student work and lessons learned from pilot teachers.

The SciGuide is currently available at an introductory price of $4.95 for NSTA members and $5.95 for non-members. (The regular price is $7.95 for members and $9.95 for non-members.) The price provides access to the guide and all of its resources for one year. Multiple teacher and district pricing options are available. Complete information is available online at

This material is part of a larger suite of coral reef resources created by NOAA and NSTA for teachers exploring coral reef ecosystem science in their classrooms. Among the additional teaching and professional development resources are a half-day coral reef science symposium at the NSTA annual conference and a series of online seminars for teachers.

The Coral Ecosystems SciGuide is the first in a series of ocean- and atmospheric-themed SciGuides to be developed by the NSTA in collaboration with NOAA. Future topics include Estuary Ecosystems and The Ocean Effect of Weather on Climate.



NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program,

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