Exploring Trees and Ponds Activity Guide: Winter Ponds

Full Description: 

One of a three-part series, this Guide features activities that bring middle school youth outdoors to explore the natural world using observation, digital photography, drawing, activity challenges, and scientific experiments. Written by EDC’s Bernie Zubrowski—author of several children’s books and former museum exhibit designer for the Boston Children’s Museum—and funded by the National Science Foundation, the activities are designed to enable youth to carry out scientific inquiry and make discoveries for themselves through short- and long-term observations of their local environment. This Guide engages youth in comparing and contrasting pond organisms, providing opportunities to reinforce basic biological principles, such as the relationship between form and function. Youth first observe large organisms, such as fish and tadpoles, during a visit to a local pond, and then collect macro invertebrates, such as dragonfly larvae, and microorganisms to observe with microscopes and discuss back at their center. (Explore the Trees and Ponds website.)

Author(s): 

Bernie Zubrowski

Publication Date: 

02/20/2014

Length: 

34 pp.
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