Creek visit: 5 min introduction 30 min at the creek traveling time to creek and back varies Pond water investigation: 10 min introduction to the proper use and handling of microscopes and slide preparation 30-40 min exploration 10 min wrap up discussion
Pond Water investigation:
For each pair of students:
For whole class to share:
Creek visit: nearby creek, pond, lake, bay or other body of water. Plankton are most commonly observed and collects from water that is fairly still and that has a growth of algae either on the surface or on the rocks and detritus near the bank.
Pond water investigation: classroom