Pond Life – Background

A visit to a pond is always good entertainment, with a cast of characters that reads like a fairy tale. Damselflies flit about on gossamer wings, giant water bugs lurk under the surface, dragonflies patrol the shoreline, and frogs perch on lily pads. Peering into the pond a drama unfolds where the players face challenges of finding food, getting air, moving about, and evading predators. The many organisms in a pond ecosystem are dependent upon each other and the aquatic environment to meet their needs for survival.

Small and shallow, ponds are quiet bodies of fresh water, with water-loving plants growing along the shoreline and sometimes out into the middle. With little wave action, ponds often have muddy bottoms, as fine silt particles settle out of Continue reading Pond Life – Background

Pond Life – Activities

Focus:  The varied environment of a pond provides homes for a rich assemblage of plants and animals. All these pond dwellers face the challenges of life in the water – obtaining nutrients, avoiding predators, moving from here to there, getting air. The many organisms in a pond ecosystem are dependent upon each other and on the aquatic environment to meet their needs for survival.

Introduction: Ask the children what kinds of living things they’ve noticed when visiting a pond.

PUPPET SHOW: “Once Upon a Pond”

Objective:  To meet some residents of different habitats within a pond and learn how they meet challenges of life in the water. Continue reading Pond Life – Activities

Pond Life – Puppet Show

Once Upon a Pond

Characters: Tadpole, Frog, Whirligig Beetle, Lily Pad, Damselfly nymph, Dragonfly nymph

Props: water lilies; crown; loop on back of stage to hold up lily prop.

Teddy Tadpole  Tell me a story, Daddy!

Father Frog  Once upon a time there was a fierce dragon who lived at the bottom of a pond.

Tadpole  Oooo, a scary fairy tale. Continue reading Pond Life – Puppet Show

Pond Life – Standards


The activities in this unit help children understand the basic concepts in the Disciplinary Core Ideas listed here. You can use the following list as a guide for lesson planning. These Disciplinary Core Ideas are taken from Grade Band Endpoints in A Framework for K-12 Science Education. Additionally, our activities give children opportunities to engage in many of the Science and Engineering Practices and reflect on the Crosscutting Concepts as identified in the Next Generation Science Standards. Continue reading Pond Life – Standards