Ponderers

Aquatic adventures - pondering the pond and microworld

ponderers

Overview

Pondering the pond and the microworld.

Adaptation, diversity, keys and classification.

Down by the pond where dragonflies dangle and waves ripple as frogs go plop!

Piercing mandibles, skins shedding, algaed camouflage, nets capturing, keys unlocking aquatic aliens.

Programme of study

Science Key Stage 2.

Working scientifically

Gathering, recording, classifying and presenting data in a variety of ways to help in answering questions.

Living things and their habitats

  • Recognise that living things can be grouped in a variety of ways
  • Explore and use classification keys to help group, identify and name a variety of living things in their local and wider environment
  • Recognise that environments can change and that this can sometimes pose dangers to living things
  • Identify how animals and plants are adapted to suit their environment in different ways and that adaptation may lead to evolution
    Learning objective
    • Ask questions in order to plan, do and review
    • Identify creatures using key sheets
    • Explain specific adaptations to a habitat using annotated sketches
    • Name 3 ways in which water can be polluted
    • Be able to say how creatures have evolved to live in a water environment
    Activity
    • Go through expectations of session and present pond sheet
    • Discuss pond pollution - how do these relate to our study?
    • How do we go about it? What will we need? What do you expect to find?
    • Play the adaptation game; select adaptations for humans going underwater (snorkel,flippers,mask etc)
    • Introduce creatures we may find ( Blue cards ) and identify adaptations
    • Establish safe practice and dipping method and reasons for handwashing
    • Pond dip

    Break Time… creatures to class or a pond edge in basins

    • Use of key - explain and practice
    • Use of microscope, demonstrate and practice
    • View, identify and draw or model
    • Review - go back over expectations