Tropical Coral Reef Ecosystems


    “Wow, I really loved this class! I didn’t know there was so much to learn about Tropical Coral Reefs. My favorite part was the games that we played at the end of the webinars.” ~Student S.P.



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    Step 2: Enroll Your Registered Student

    InstructorProf. Emma Stein
    Content LevelsGrades 5-6 • Upper Elementary
    Grades 6-7 • Middle School
    Grades 7-8 • Junior High
    Course Length3 weeks, 6 webinars
    Live Webinars Held OnTuesdays and Thursdays, 11:00 - 11:50 AM Pacific - See below for webinar dates

    You already know about the beauty of coral reefs, but have you ever wondered why coral is so important? What changes in coral reefs at night? What threatens coral reefs? What organisms live near coral reefs? And what exactly is coral? These are a few of the questions we will answer in this six-week summer workshop!

    We’ll explore what coral is and how it creates such a diverse ecosystem full of both vertebrates and invertebrates. Our class will also introduce several ecological concepts to help illustrate the diversity of tropical coral reef ecosystems. Our class will wrap up by discussing how human activities are threatening coral reefs and what changes can be made to further protect these ecosystems.

    Join us this summer to explore tropical coral reef ecosystems!

    Course Webinar Dates:

    • Tuesday, June 4
    • Thursday, June 6
    • Tuesday, June 11
    • Thursday, June 13
    • Tuesday, June 18
    • Thursday, June 20

    What to expect in the Required section in the classroom each week:

    • Two forums – in which students will use their knowledge of the material and creativity to complete activities.

    What to expect in the Highly Suggested & Optional sections in the classroom each week:

    • Curated resources, including websites & videos, are provided to excite learners and to add depth to the subject matter.

    What to expect during the weekly webinar:

    • Weekly webinars are 50 minutes long. Webinars are recorded and are available for students with schedule conflicts.
    • Primary instruction and guided discussions are provided during live webinars.
    • Active Participation (via the microphone and chat) in online class discussions.
    • An activity at the end of the webinar.

    Before taking this course, students should be able to: 

    • Read at a solid 5th-grade level or above.
    • Write a couple sentences independently.

    Students should be willing to:

    • Actively participate (via the microphone) in the class discussion.
    • Encourage class discussion by adding their questions/ideas in the chat window during the webinar.
    • Respond with positive and encouraging comments on their classmates’ posts in the classroom forums.

    Required books & materials:

    • None.