This unit plan focuses on Grade 11 and 12 Marine Science. It is linked to the Marine Science Senior Syllabus 2013, produced by Queensland Studies Authority, Australia. It may also be suitable for use for other Australian teachers, as part of science or geography programs.
This Unit Plan is not only for Australian teachers - these lessons and activities can be used with any group of students or adult learners. Some activities make use of the Coral Health Chart and other CoralWatch materials — these can be ordered online.
The Virtual Reef tools provide an opportunity to learn about coral bleaching and reef monitoring in the classroom. They can be used to assist student preparations for a field trip, or can provide a valuable alternative to a field trip. Please note: if you are not able to take your class on a fieldtrip you can still use these materials. You can utilise the majority of these activities in a classroom setting, using recommended DVDs, books, articles and websites. Each lesson relates to the chapters in the education guide and video series, Coral Reefs and Climate Change – The Guide for Education and Awareness.