Lesson plan

Freshwater pond study

Measure temperature in a pond and collect pond invertebrates to identify.
Science content
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)
  • 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

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 taught
Gr 1
Gr 2
Gr 3
Gr 4