There is more to a pond than you might think!  

Search for signs of nocturnal animals, observe turtles basking in the sun, or catch a tadpole.  In this hands-on program students will use aquatic dip nets to identify many of the inhabitants of Armand Bayou Nature Center's ponds.  Students will learn all about the critters that make the water their home.


Grades K - 12th  ~  Time 10:00am - 12:00 noon  ~  Group Limit Minimum 10  ~  Fee $10.00/participant (children and adults)

One chaperone or teacher per 10 participants is free of charge. A 10-to-1 ratio of students to adults is required.


 
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Objectives

Students will:

  • Observe and describe ponds.

  • Use tools to collect, observe, analyze and identify characteristics of pond animals.

Vocabulary

  • Pond - A depression in the ground that is filled with water by precipitation or runoff (also called a lenthic or standing water system)

  • Vertebrate - an animal with a backbone

  • Invertebrate - an animal without a backbone

  • Macroinvertebrate - an animal without a backbone that is big enough to see with the naked eye (without a microscope)

  • Ecosystem - An ecosystem is a complex, dynamic system that functions as a whole. An ecosystem is a natural unit and its size can be as small as a drop of water or as large as the Earth. Ecosystems consist of the interactions between organisms and between organisms and physical components, in which materials are exchanged following closed paths.


TEKS (2012-2013 Science)

Programs are adjusted to be age-appropriate. All programs address the TEKS Introduction (a)1 and engage students in hands-on activities. Knowledge and skills TEKS addressed may include:

  • 1.1A&B, 1.2AC&D, 1.3C, 1.4A, 1.10A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 1.10D.)

  • 2.1A, 2.2AC&D, 2.3C, 2.4A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 2.10C.)

  • 3.1A, 3.2B, 3.4A, 3.9A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 3.10C.)

  • 4.1A, 4.2B, 4.4A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 4.10C.)

  • 5.1A, 5.2B, 5.4A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 5.10C.)

  • 6.1A, 6.2C, 6.4A, 6.12C (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 6.3B&C)

  • 7.1A, 7.2C, 7.4A, 7.11A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 7.3B&C, 7.10B)

  • 8.1A, 8.2C, 8.4A (Pre and post-trip activities may also address 8.3B&C, 8.11A)

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