Life in a Pond Virtual Field Trip
A pond is much more than frogs and fish! It demonstrates a beautiful web of life from algae and microscopic organisms to insect larvae and amphibians. In this virtual field trip, we will learn how to make a simple pond net, read about what makes a pond a pond, and go on a virtual pond tour. Students will be given a list of simple equipment to use to successfully collect pond animals, and will be shown how to safely collect and release these animals. In a live meeting, we will share our experiences, get a close up look at pond invertebrates (animals without backbones), do a scientific drawing, and experiment with the surface tension of water.
Field trip requirements
Prior to the live meeting:
- Watch the pre-field trip video
- If students are able to visit a pond before our field trip, encourage them to do so.
- Use or review this observation sheet.
- Use or review this pond identification sheet to help them identify what they found.
Resources for at home pond visit
- Make a pond net from panty hose:
- How to use a dip net.
- An inventory of aquatic pond life that may be observed.
Students should come to the live meeting with the following materials:
- Cup or small container of water
- Paper clip (at least two)
- Paper towel
- A sheet of blank paper for drawing
- A pencil
During the live meeting we will:
- Share students’ at home pond explorations, if they have gone.
- Show live pond animals up close with an online microscope.
- Do a scientific drawing of a pond animal.
- Learn about surface tension and pond life. We will look at a photo of a water strider on the pond surface. Students will then explore surface tension by attempting to float a paperclip in a cup of water.
- Book read aloud video for Grade K about life in a pond:
- Online guide to identifying pond creatures with lots of information about each kind, upper elementary level and above, but appropriate for families too!
- Youtube about surface tension and paper clip: Note to teacher: Please DO NOT share this video until after the live stream session!
- Make a water strider with wire!
- Animal Release poem – This is a poem I say before returning animals to the pond:
Swim away, float away, dive away, hop!
You’re free to go, I will not stop
You from living your life
You deserve to be free!
Thank you for sharing this time with me.