4. Pond Water - Assessments
Research one of the organisms you observed. What does your organism eat? Where is it found? What does it need to survive? Describe its life cycle.
- At the creek, students can write down their observations in a notebook. Encourage them to write down 3 observations for each of their senses.
- To extend the sense of place activity, students can draw a picture of the creek or write a poem that may be shared with the rest of the class or turned in for homework.
- Monitor the population of pond water organisms in your water sample over time. Create a class data table with the names and observed numbers of all live species identified on the first day. At regular intervals, repeat the observation and add a new column with new observed population counts. Although this is a very rough measure of the population of organisms over time, certain species will die out over time, an excellent springboard into a discussion of extinction, endangered species, and the causes of population change.