Coral Bleaching Kit – Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology

Developed by the Coral Resilience Lab at the Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology.

This activity seeks to bring a tangible visualization of coral bleaching and will give students a better understanding on how ocean warming events and other stressors affect the health of corals, and that of those which do not experience bleaching. As a parallel, students will be able to see the physical change that the animal undergoes when exposed to a warming event. Students will be able to answer the following questions:

  • What is a coral and what happens when coral bleaches?
  • What causes coral bleaching?
  • What are resilient corals and how are they beneficial?

The video shows CRL Outreach Associate, Maile Villablanca presenting the Coral Bleaching Kit to 6th graders at Maunawili Elementary. The intent of the video is to model how CRL is presenting the kit and give teachers who may not have a strong background in coral an opportunity to get comfortable with the material.

The Coral Bleaching Kit is available to borrow!


CONTRIBUTOR: Madeleine Sherman, Maile Villablanca
ORGANIZATION: Hawai‘i Institute of Marine Biology - Coral Resilience Lab

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GRADES:  03, 04, 05, 06, 07, 08, 09, 10, 11, 12
TOPICS:  Biology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Life Science, Science
TAGS: coral, coral bleaching, earth systems, ecology, organisms, sustainability