4. Pond Water - Getting Ready

Getting Ready Creek visit:

  1. Arrange transportation and/or field trip permission slips.
  2. Preview the site to ensure a) that there is a large space away from passing cars and other hazards for students to gather and b) that there are pond water organisms near a creek access point.
  3. Optional: Get a plankton net or make one.

Pond water investigation:

  1. Set up microscopes on student tables.
  2. Set out slides, paper towels, eyedroppers, and water samples in an easily accessible central location.
  3. Copy or provide copies of identification guides (see Sources page).
  4. Optional: make an overhead or create copies of a labeled microscope and rules for microscope handling. (the one I used is downloadable below)