IODP 310: Coral Reef off Tahiti

Beverly Owens, Cleveland Early College High School

Molly Ludwick, Kings Mountain Middle School

Initial Publication Date: March 3, 2021 | Reviewed: August 4, 2022


In this activity, students will make observations about the core that was collected on IODP expedition 310.

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Learn more about the International Ocean Drilling Program (IODP)

See more resources for educators from IODPThis activity can be used in any classroom, but is most appropriate for science classes. It can reinforce material about oceans, coral, or habitats.

Skills and concepts that students must have mastered

Observational skills

How the activity is situated in the course

This may be used as an introduction, inquiry piece, or as a way to explore evidence.


Content/concepts goals for this activity

Students will develop observational skills as they analyze features presented in the IODP expedition 310 sediment core.

Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity

Students will practice interpreting qualitative data.

Other skills goals for this activity

Students will develop observational skills.

Description and Teaching Materials

This activity is housed in Google slides, and will be used in edit mode.

Teaching Notes and Tips

After opening the resource link, go to "file" and "make a copy," to secure a copy of the document that you can edit. Additionally, you can give students the link provided on slide 1, so that they can manipulate the slide.


As a class, have students share their observations. Students can also use slide 3 and drag the magnifying glass around to reveal the features highlighted at each arrow.

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