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Studying Pond Creatures

Elementary

Description

This outdoor inquiry explores the fascinating underwater world of a local pond.  Using simple tools, students are able to practice the science skills of observation and classification to locate and describe aquatic organisms. The lesson places a strong emphasis on responsibility and respect for the natural area being visited which also strengthens conservation values in young children.  Pre-visit and post-visit classroom projects supplement the in-depth learning experience where students deepen their understanding of:

  • Food webs
  • Animal and plant adaptations
  • Invertebrate life cycles

General Assessment

Recommendation of how and where to use it

This lesson encourages scientific exploration and supports learning related to habitat relationships, adaptations and wetland ecology.  The activity would also be a great addition to units that are examining the diversity of life.   

An important component of this resource is the message that we must all "become pond stewards".  A number of citizenship ideas are presented such as collecting litter or developing interpretative signs to inform the local community about the values of these habitats. A school wide conservation project could involve students in working with an organization like Ducks Unlimited Canada to “adopt” a local pond and develop the site as a community green space as a model of sustainability in action.

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Themes Addressed

  • Ecosystems (2)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Biodiversity