Natural History of Indo-Pacific Coral

Coral and coral reefs are well known for their beauty and abundance of life. This course will provide insight into the world of corals. You will explore the basic structure of individual coral and coral reefs, as well as their various reproductive methods, highlighted by a mass coral spawning. Explore different coral families and examine health issues and human impact on coral today.

Appropriate grade range: 6-12

Learning Goals

  • Investigate the unique and diverse structures and roles of corals.
  • Identify that mass spawning is an important event in coral reproduction.
  • Prove that coral can be identified based on characteristic traits.
  • Distinguish the many factors that affect coral reef health.


  1. Coral Characteristics
  2. Indo-Pacific Coral Reefs
  3. Coral Reproduction
  4. Classifying Coral
  5. Identifying Coral in the Indo-Pacific

Course Components

  • Online Assessment
  • Student Guide
  • Narrated Video
  • Interactives
  • Objectives for each Chapter
  • Certificate of Completion

Alignment to NGSS