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Coral Reefs Are Dying. Here's How We Can Save Them.

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  • This engaging video clearly explains how climate change is bleaching and damaging coral reefs.
  • The video also takes a look at measures some scientists are taking to try to rejuvenate reef systems.

Teaching Tips


  • The video engages students by incorporating images, music, and text. 
  • The video includes a variety of scientific vocabulary that could be used as a teaching point. 

Additional Prerequisites

  • Students will need to have an understanding of climate change and greenhouse gases. 
  • There is an advertisement before the video and the video content ends at 5 minutes, 45 seconds. 


Scientist Notes
A devastating consequence of climate change has been the dying off of coral reefs, which are an invaluable natural resource found across the globe. This PBS video takes a look at how scientists are working to save them. This resource is recommended for teaching.
  • Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
    • ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
      • MS-ESS3-5 Ask questions to clarify evidence of the factors that have caused the rise in global temperatures over the past century.
      • 5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
      • HS-ESS3-4 Evaluate or refine a technological solution that reduces impacts of human activities on natural systems.
      • HS-ESS3-6 Use a computational representation to illustrate the relationships among Earth systems and how those relationships are being modified due to human activity.
    • LS1: From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes
      • MS-LS1-5 Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for how environmental and genetic factors influence the growth of organisms.
      • 4-LS1-1 Construct an argument that plants and animals have internal and external structures that function to support survival, growth, behavior, and reproduction.
    • LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity
      • MS-LS4-4 Construct an explanation based on evidence that describes how genetic variations of traits in a population increase some individuals’ probability of surviving and reproducing in a specific environment.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 2: Geography
      • D2.Geo.5.3-5 Explain how the cultural and environmental characteristics of places change over time.
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.3-5 Explain different strategies and approaches students and others could take in working alone and together to address local, regional, and global problems, and predict possible results of their actions.
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