What will you find in some pond water? Pond critters of course.
We had already completed an initial lesson in the classroom. I had scooped a bucket of pond water from my neighborhood and we examined the unicellular and multicellular life of the pond. In fact, this lesson was taught almost two months ago but then we had some signs of spring. The rains came and with it, outdoor recess became a festival of science! My kiddos found a puddle and were completely enthralled with the life of a puddle. They begged me to bring out the microscopes and slides for RECESS!!
Of course, being the teacher who wants to make the kids happy, I gave them exactly what they wanted. Combined with a little mobile technology and we were identifying the organisms in the puddle in no time. We found that one of the most common organisms was the red fly larvae. Perhaps the most exciting moment for the group was when two different organisms were sucked up into the pipette at the same time and a real live food chain took place! You might have already guessed it. We witnessed the predator/prey relationship. Talk about exciting!
|Red fly larvae|
How to make a wet mount slide using file folders and tape, plus a student worksheet for observing pond life.
Pond Life Identification Kit
Interactive Virtual Pond Dip
Pond Water: a closer look