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Activity

Temperature measurements in a pond

Summary: 
Measure and record the temperature at a pond in several different locations.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Biology: Food Webs, Ecosystems, Biomes (3, 4)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • thermometer
  • optional: thread tied to thermometer to access water under bridges etc - see note below
  • map and pencil for recording temperatures
Procedure: 

Show students how to read their thermometer, making sure not to cover their hand over the bulb.
Students make temperature measurements at different places in the pond. They record each temperature measurement on correct location on the map.

Discussion: was there a change in the pond temperature?
We found the shady spots were a little lower in temperature.

Notes: 

If a thread is used to suspend the thermometer from a bridge, be very careful not to snag ducks, turtles or other wildlife. Better not to use a thread if possible.

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Teacher: 
Barbara Duncan
Ingrid
Patricia Ellis
Teaching site: 
Laurier Elementary
Activity originally developed and delivered: 

Scientist in Residence Program at Laurier Elementary.