In this live lesson, students will speak with coral scientist Rene van der Zande about how human behaviour affects the coral ecosystem, and conduct two short investigations into how increased carbon dioxide levels are harming reefs.
Living things and their habitats
If you have never joined a live lesson before, see the guidance hub, where you will find technical and educational support.
Live lessons work best when students have some prior knowledge and have prepared questions. You can select from any of the lessons in the Coral Oceans unit for ages 7-11 or teach a one-off Coral Live prep lesson.
This lesson is based around the Ocean acidification in a cup and Dissolving 'coral' in vinegar activities and if your students are following live, you will need to gather these activity resources in advance.
1. Introduction (5 mins)
Jamie will open the session with a welcome and brief introduction to the expedition.
2. Subject knowledge (10 mins)
Jamie will ask Dr Rene van der Zande about how human activity is harming coral reefs and introduce students to some of the threats to the coral reef including coral bleaching, ocean acidification and coastal developments.
3. Activity time (15 mins)
Jamie will begin demonstrating the two activities, Ocean acidification in a cup and Dissolving coral in vinegar. Students can follow along in real-time. During this time, you can submit your students’ questions via the Live chat.
4. Q&A and conclusion (15 mins)
After completing the activity Jamie will answer some of the questions students have submitted before suggesting other Coral Live activities you might like to try.
Executive Director, Encounter Edu
Dr Rene van der Zande
Research Scientist, University of Queensland
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