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EDUCATION DOCUMENTS

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FOR STUDENTS

A pyramid of colorful images showing the 12 days of fishmas.

12 Days of Fishmas (376kb pdf)
- A colorful pyramid of sanctuary sea creature images set to the 12 Days of Christmas song. Use this to count down from 12 drums a-drumming to a parrotfish under the sea.

For more images of fish and other animals found in the sanctuary, please visit our Species List page.
Front page of Coastal and Marine Education and Job Opportunities document

Coastal and Marine Education and Job Opportunities (86kb pdf)
- A listing of potential education and job opportunities for students interested in coastal and marine science careers.

Image of a crossword puzzle page.

Coral Crossword Puzzle (220kb pdf)
- A great vocabulary activity for students learning about coral reefs. Targeted to upper elementary and middle school students, but fun for all ages. Answer key included.

Coral Word Search (1.5MB pdf)
- A great way to review vocabulary related to coral reefs and their conservation. Designed for upper elementary and middle school, but fun for all ages. Answer key included.
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Image of a photo collage page. Critter Collage (4.7MB pdf)
- A collage of photos showing animals seen in the shallower parts of the sanctuary. Attached key identifies each animal and provides a brief description.
Image of deepwater criter collage Critter Collage II (1.7MB pdf)
- A collage of photos showing wildlife seen in the deeper reaches of the sanctuary. Attached key identifies each animal and provides a brief description.
Image of a colorful wheel to cut out as part of a craft project. Day & Night Activity Wheel (1.9MB pdf)
- An activity to teach about which animals are active on the reef during the day and which are active at night. Designed for primary grades to cut out and put together.
A candy corn picture made from images of animals in the appropriate colors. Halloween Treat (745kb jpg)
- A fun piece for Halloween. See if you can identify the animal images that make up this Candy Corn treat. Need help? Clue 1, Clue 2, Clue 3
A poinsettia holiday greeting made from parts of plant and animal pictures

Poinsettia Power (352kb jpg)
- A holiday greeting with a biological twist. The flower petals (bracts), leaves, and center were created from images of sanctuary wildlife. A key is provided.

To see full size images of the fish, shrimp, sponge, and algae, please visit our Species List page.
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Image of a reef scene coloring page.

Reef Scene Coloring Page (217kb pdf)
- A coloring page showing a manta ray, hammerhead sharks, a sea turtle, and other popular animals of the sanctuary. How many animals can you find and identify?

Alphabet collage

Sanctuary Alphabet Mini-Poster (8.5MB pdf)
- A photo collage of images from the sanctuary showing alphabet shapes from A to Z. Can you find each letter and identify each image? Identification key included. (legal size document)

Image of a page showing a coral polyp splitting.

Splitting Polyp Drawing (213kb pdf)
- A black and white drawing illustrating how a coral polyp can split to become two polyps in one form of asexual reproduction. This illustration also shows how similar corals and anemones are.

To learn more about basic coral biology, please visit our Coral Basics page.
Image of a page showing a word list.

Zooxanthellae Words (77kb pdf)
- A word game to see how many smaller words students can find in the word "zooxanthellae," the term describing special algae that live within reef-building corals.

To learn more about basic coral biology, please visit our Coral Basics page.
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FOR TEACHERS

We welcome your feedback on all of our educational materials. Please email us your comments or questions.

Image of Adaptations Curriculum cover page.

Adaptations from the Depths: Octopus
(1.3MB pdf)
- A 5E curriculum that takes elementary students through a variety of exploratory activities to learn about adaptations of the octopus. For video footage of an octopus on the reef, visit our Invertebrate Videos page.

Adaptations from the Depths: Octopus Handouts
(193kb pdf) - A master set of handouts from the Octopus adaptations curriculum.
Cover page of Coral Constructors activity Coral Constructors (431kb)
- Build coral colony shapes using Lego building bricks, then construct an entire reef. Simulate the impacts of wave action over a coral reef.
Front page of Coral Core activity

Coral Cores: Ocean Timelines (6MB pdf)
- A lesson that explains how corals create their calcium carbonate skeletons in layers and what those layers can tell us. Includes x-ray images of actual coral cores taken from the sanctuary.

For more information on coral coring, please visit our Coral Cores page.
Image of a coral polyp diagram page.

Coral Polyp Diagram (745kb pdf)
- A full-color illustration showing the anatomy of a coral polyp. This page was adapted from the NOAA Ocean Service (NOS) Coral Discovery Kit to use as a handout when teaching about coral structure.

For more information on reef-building coral biology, please visit our Coral Basics page.
Image of a page from the coral spawning globe activity.

Coral Spawning Globe (224kb pdf)
- A reverse snow globe activity that models coral spawning on the reef. The resulting model has plastic pellets floating to the surface much like coral egg bundles.

For more information on coral spawning, please visit our Coral Spawning page.
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Cover page of Corals Up Close activity

Coral Up Close (382kb)
- Create models of coral colonies using students' hands and a few basic supplies. Simulate coral feeding techniques.

Image of the front cover of a NOAA activity guide. Discover Your World with NOAA (123MB pdf)
- An activity book designed to show how NOAA helps us to explore, understand, and protect our Earth.
Front page of Fish Fun! lesson plan

Fish Fun! (1.2MB pdf)
- A 5E lesson about how fish are adapted for different feeding styles. Includes color photographs of Spanish hogfish, marbled grouper, and goldentail moray eel.

For more images of fish found in the sanctuary, please visit our Bony Fish Species page.
Image of front page of Gulf of Mexico Watershed Activity Gulf of Mexico Watershed Activity (878kb pdf)
- An activity highlighting the large size of the Gulf of Mexico watershed (with answer key). Great practice in identifying and labeling the 48 contiguous states.
Mosaic mural of a coral reef Paint a Reef Mural Lesson (2.1MB pdf)
- A lesson that uses art to teach about coral reef animals and their habitat.
Additional files needed for the complete lesson include Appendix C: Species Guide (2.5MB pdf), Artist List (54kb pdf), and Painting Templates (14.5MB pdf).
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Image of plastic bag lesson plan

Plastics, Plastics Everywhere! (194kb pdf)
- A look at how plastics affect the ocean environment and the impact that students and their families have on the amount of plastic bags used each day, week, and year.

Image of front page of Reef Monitoring Lesson

Reef Monitoring Lesson (636kb pdf)
- A lesson using observation skills to examine changes over time in a reef habitat. Requires a series of actual reef monitoring images that can be downloaded from the following links:

Stetson Bank Monitoring Images
East Flower Garden Bank Monitoring Images
West Flower Garden Bank Monitoring Images

Image of the front page of the Coral Construction activity. Secrets of the Gulf Activity 3: Coral Construction (2.7MB pdf)
- An Immersion Presents activity that models the beginnings of reef formation and the challenges of coral polyp settlement.
Image of the front page of the Manta Mysteries activity. Secrets of the Gulf Activity 5: Manta Mysteries (2.8MB pdf) - An Immersion Presents activity that introduces the challenges of identifying and tracking manta rays. This activity may be supplemented with the manta catalog information available on this web site.
Secrets of the Gulf Standards and Correlations (164kb pdf) - An Immersion Presents document identifying national standards and correlations in the Secrets of the Gulf activities.
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POSTERS

Image of Adaptations Curriculum cover page. 20 Things We've Learned About Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (99MB pdf)
- A group of six colorful posters highlighting scientific accomplishments in and around the sanctuary during its first 20 years. Once downloaded, these may be printed full size (24" x 36") or as handouts (8.5" x 11").
Poster showing  lacy green algae and orange sponges Deep Reef: Algae (5.2MB pdf)
- This lacy algae was captured by ROV camera at 170 feet deep on West Flower Garden Bank. Once downloaded, this may be printed full size (25" x 19") or as a handout (11" x 8.5").
Poster of purple and white anemone Deep Reef: Anemone (6.5MB pdf)
- This beautiful anemone image was captured by ROV at 373 feet deep on Horseshoe Bank. Once downloaded, this may be printed full size (25" x 19") or as a handout (11" x 8.5").
Poster showing red crinoid and several black corals Deep Reef: Crinoid (7.3MB pdf)
- This image of a red crinoid and surrounding black corals was captured by ROV at 353 feet deep on West Flower Garden Bank. Once downloaded, this may be printed full size (25" x 19") or as a handout (11" x 8.5").
Poster of small octopus standing upright on a silty mud sea floor Deep Reef: Octopus (4.7MB pdf)
- This image of a 5cm tall octopus was captured by ROV at 358 feet deep on West Flower Garden Bank. Once downloaded, this may be printed full size (25" x 19") or as a handout (11" x 8.5").
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Poster of roughtongue bass Deep Reef: Routhtongue Bass (6MB pdf)
- This Roughtongue Bass image was captured by ROV at 264 feet deep on West Flower Garden Bank. Once downloaded, this may be printed full size (25" x 19") or as a handout (11" x 8.5").
Collage poster including images of a variety of deepwater species Deep Reef Collage (7.3MB pdf)
- This is a collage of mesophotic organisms from various banks of the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. Once downloaded, this may be printed full size (25" x 19") or as a handout (11" x 8.5").
Stop the Invasion Lionfish Poster image

Lionfish Poster (1.8MB pdf)
- A call to action on behalf of reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico. Explains the invasive lionfish problem and encourages action. Pictured within the lionfish outline are images of species being eaten by lionfish in the Gulf of Mexico.

Image of Nature Conservancy Red Lionfish poster

Red Lionfish Poster (86.4MB pdf)
- A poster from The Nature Conservancy and its partners focusing on the threats posed by this invasive species in the Caribbean and Gulf of Mexico.

Images from the sanctuary scattered among falling gold coins on a reef backdrop Treasures of the Flower Garden Banks Banner (17.4MB pdf)
- An elongated banner highlighting some of the notable features of Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary amid clusters of cascading gold coins.
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TEACHER WORKSHOPS

The next Down Under, Out Yonder (DUOY) coral reef workshop and scuba field experience will take place July 9-13, 2016.

For more detailed information about the workshop, please visit our Workshops page.

Download a Workshop Application (927kb)

Workshop applications are due by March 5, 2016.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

In 2014-2015, graduate student Jennnifer Idema evaluated our annual Ocean Discovery Day event to learn more about why people attend and what they learn from it. In November 2015, she presented her analysis at a Sanctuary Advisory Council meeting.

Ocean Discovery Day Evaluation Presentation (1.3MB pdf)

 




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Bright green, leafy algae that looks like small lettuce leaves.
   
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