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Coral Reefs: Photoquadrats on a Transect - COSEE Coastal Trends and National Park Service

Lesson Plan 

Students will use pictures of a coral reef transect to graph the percentage of cover for that section of reef.

Concept: Coastal ocean life
Coastal ocean systems provide important habitats for organisms.

National Science Education Standards
(click a standard to show activities that meet it)

K-12 Unifying Concepts and Processes
Systems, order, and organization
Evidence, models, and explanation
Constance, change, and measurement

9-12 A Science as Inquiry
Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
Understandings about scientific inquiry

9-12 C Life Science
Interdependence of organisms
Matter, energy, and organization in living systems

9-12 F Science in Personal and Social Perspectives
Environmental quality
Natural and hum-induced hazards

Ocean Literacy Essential Principles (PDF booklet): 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems (concepts a, c)

Life on an Ocean Planet text reference (book link): Chapter 5, 6 and 7 A Survey of Life in the Sea
Chapter 16 Marine Ecosystems 16:23-29
Chapter 18 Pollution and the Health of the Ocean