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Lesson Plan

Freshwater pond study

Summary: 
Measure temperature in a pond and collect pond invertebrates to identify.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Features, Adaptations of Living Things (K, 1, 3, 7)
Biology: Classification of Living Things, Biodiversity (1, 3)
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Curriculum connection (2005 science topic): 
Earth and Space Science: Air, Water and Soil (grade 2)
Life Science: Habitats and Communities (grade 4)
Life Science: Diversity of Life (grade 6)
Life Science: Ecosystems (grade 7)
Materials: 
  • a pond with a variety of places to access the water e.g. in Vancouver: Trout Lake boardwalks, Jericho Beach Pond, Central Park native plant stream
  • materials listed in the activities
Activities in this lesson plan: 
Procedure: 

Take the class to the pond.
Review the activities, and the pages of the worksheet (see attachment):
On the map, record temperature measurements where they are made; draw a pond invertebrate in the circle and point on the map to where you found it.
End with a scavenger hunt if there is time (we did not).

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4
Teacher: 
Barbara Duncan
Patricia Ellis
Site tested: 
Laurier Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Scientist in Residence Program at Laurier Elementary.