Pond Ecology

1 Class Period



Students will get to learn about healthy pond environments in this hands-on experiment class. Students will use nets and microscopes to inspect pond findings, learn about catch and release, and discuss what really makes a pond healthy.

Educational Standards


Develop a model to describe the cycling of water through Earth’s systems driven by energy from the sun and the force of gravity.


Describe and graph the amounts and percentages of water and fresh water in various reservoirs to provide evidence about the distribution of water on Earth.


Analyze and interpret data to provide evidence for the effects of resource availability on organisms and populations of organisms in an ecosystem.


Develop a model to describe the cycling of matter and flow of energy among living and nonliving parts of an ecosystem.


Construct an argument supported by empirical evidence that changes to physical or biological components of an ecosystem affect populations.


Develop a model to describe the movement of matter among plants, animals, Decomposers, and the environment.


Use mathematical representations to support and revise explanations based on evidence about factors affecting biodiversity and populations in ecosystems of different scales.


Evaluate the claims, evidence, and reasoning that the complex interactions in ecosystems maintain relatively consistent numbers and types of organisms in stable conditions, but changing conditions may result in a new ecosystem.


Evaluate competing design solutions for maintaining biodiversity and ecosystem services

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