Activity

Temperature measurements in a pond

Summary
Measure and record the temperature at a pond in several different locations.
Science content
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
Teaching site
Laurier Elementary