Pond habitat Teacher Resources
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Vertebrates in the Pond
A vertebrate is an animal that has a backbone. Youngsters learn about vertebrates such as birds, mammals, fish, amphibians, and reptiles that live in or near pond habitats. The class is divided into vertebrate groups as they play a matching game that helps them learn to identify defining characteristics of each animal group.
1st Science CCSS: Adaptable
Pond Animal Survival
What kinds of animals live in or near ponds? The lesson plan begins as you read the story Butternut Hollow Pond by Brian J. Hein. As you read, the class discusses how a pond can provide all the things some animals need to survive. When the story ends, each child will write a narrative with illustrations that describe what life is like for the common pond animal they have chosen.
1st Science CCSS: Adaptable
Water, Water Everywhere (Pond Animals)
Second graders examine the characteristics of animals who live in a pond environment. In groups, they describe the various stages in the life of a frog and identify the characteristics of other pond animals. Using this information, they create a PowerPoint presentation to share their information with the class.
What Do You See at the Pond?
With What Do You See at the Pond?, young readers explore pond life and practice reading strategies. Learners first make predictions and then read the simple story independently. After a second read-through with a partner, kids come together as a whole group to answer comprehension questions.
K - 2nd English Language Arts
Students define what a pond habitat is and explain what animals live in this habitat. They discuss what can harm or destroy a pond habitat. They create a poster of what could harm a pond habitat including illustrations and sentences. They share their posters with the class.
2nd - 4th Science
Biodiversity in Illinois-Pond Habitats
Second graders construct a pond habitat in the classroom using a small swimming pool partially filled with water, real cattails, a tree log adjoining, and plastic animal life appropriate to a pond setting. They examine the frog in detail and discussed lifecycle and characteristics along with identifying common frogs and toad of Illinois and the vocal sounds they produce.
Life in a Pond : Biology, Science
Third graders describe the pond as a habitat, identify animals that live in, near, or above a pond, classify pond animals into the proper animal classifications and work in pairs to research a pond animal to share information with the class.
3rd English Language Arts
Over in the Meadow
Learners discover how to locate books on meadow and pond animals and research them. Students discover how to locate fiction/story books about the animals mentioned in the counting book read. Learners discover how to locate by author, other versions of the same rhyme.
K - 1st English Language Arts
Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Identification
Worms, insects, snails, and clams are all macroinvertebrates, they are also the topic of a lesson on aquatic animals. Kids take a trip to an aquatic environment where they each collect and contain a specimen for further examination. They discuss the nature of animal adaptations and then research the adaptive traits of their specimens.
4th Science CCSS: Adaptable