This education module will help middle school and high school students learn about the architects of the ocean – corals. When you click on an image, the information will be on the right. Be sure to click on the hyperlinks to go to other websites for more learning.

Coral Facts

Learn some fun facts about coral! You can learn more coral and ocean facts through the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.


Enjoy a selection of videos edited by GFOE videographers on the beauty, biodiversity, and biology of corals. Click the 3-dot icon in the upper right of the video to see the full playlist.

Coral Essays

A selection of essays written by coral scientists and experts. These essays are generally written at an 8th grade reading level. You can read more essays on coral from NOAA here.

Coral Careers

Are you interested in working with corals? From traveling the world to protecting vulnerable species, learn what it takes to work in coral science. You can explore other coral careers through NOAA here.

Think About It

  1. What would the ocean look like without corals? Why are corals an important part of the ocean ecosystem?
  2. What conditions are needed for a coral to grow?
  3. If you were to study corals, what would you want to research and how would you do it?