Teacher Resources

This collection of resources contains information on different aspects of the expedition, including the science, technology, and the Sanctuary itself. To facilitate classroom use, suggested alignments to Ocean and Climate Literacy Principles may be found at the end of this document.

Images: USGS, NOAA

FLOWER GARDEN BANKS NATIONAL MARINE SANCTUARY

Website:  Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary

A wealth of information about the Sanctuary, including its history, the species that live there, FAQs, and more.

https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/

Lessons and Activities

Classroom ready lesson plans about the Sanctuary, as well as fun activities such as crossword puzzles and word searches.

https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/education/teachers.html

Video

From coral spawning to sharks, this video series contains several 2-minute video clips to introduce students to the Sanctuary.

https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/image_library/videoseries.html

Image: Dave Lovalvo, GFOE

TECHNOLOGY

Essay and Video:  Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration’s Remotely Operated Vehicle Yogi. Read about and watch videos of the ROV that will be exploring Flower Garden Banks.

https://engineeringfordiscovery.org/technology/rov-yogi.html

Essay:  Learn about the Flower Garden Banks’ Research Vessel Manta

https://flowergarden.noaa.gov/about/rvmanta.html

Lesson:  This NOAA lesson has suggestions for how educators can make the best instructional use of live video feeds from oceanographic expeditions. It also describes the capability of “telepresence.”

https://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/edu/exploringlive-lesson.pdf

Image: NOAA

CORAL SPAWNING

Essay: Coral Basics

Learn all about the corals in Flower Garden Banks, including their biology and spawning behaviors.

Essay and Video: Coral Spawning

This page contains lots of photos and a video of a spawning event.

Essay: A short explanation of how corals reproduce

http://www.secore.org/site/corals/detail/coral-reproduction.15.html

Video: Another great video of spawning corals in action

https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/facts/coral-spawning.html

Website: The Davies Marine Population Genomics Lab

http://sites.bu.edu/davieslab/

Image: NOAA

CORAL CONNECTIVITY

Essay and Video: Explore the ecology of the coral reefs in Flower Garden Banks

http://vosslab.weebly.com/flower-garden-banks.html

Essay: Mesophotic Reef Ecosystems – Cooperative Institute for Ocean Exploration, Research, and Technology

http://www.cioert.org/research-projects/mesophotic-reef-ecosystems/

Essay and Video:Exploration, Habitat Characterization, and Coral Reef Ecology in Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary and the NW Gulf of Mexico

http://www.cioert.org/research-projects/fgbnms/

Image: NOAA

BLACK CORALS

Essay: Spotlight on Antipatharians (Black Corals) – Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History
Contains lots of cool images, including coral skeletal spines seen through a microscope.
https://nmnh.typepad.com/no_bones/2016/04/spotlight-on-antipatharians-black-corals.html

Website:  Black Coral Lab
See what’s going on, and get to know the folks at the Black Coral Lab at the NYC College of Technology.
https://mbrugler.wixsite.com/blackcoral

Image: Caitlin Bailey, GFOE

Alignment to Climate and Ocean Literacy Principles

The resources above are most closely aligned to the following Climate Literacy Principles:

Essential Principle 5: Our understanding of the climate system is improved through observations, theoretical studies, and modeling.

Essential Principle 6: Human activities are impacting the climate system.

Essential Principle 7: Climate change will have consequences for the Earth system and human lives.

Ocean Literacy Principles

Ocean Literacy Principle 5: The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.

Ocean Literacy Principle 7: The ocean is largely unexplored.