- Easier - A pond is
a small, quiet, enclosed body of freshwater. Ponds
are smaller than lakes.
- Harder - Ponds are
nothing more than depressions in the ground where
water collects. They are quiet, shallow bodies of
water that allow enough sunlight to reach their
bottom. The sunlight supports the growth of rooted
plants from shore to shore. Some pond plants grow
entirely underwater or have parts that extend above
the surface. Leafy plants may float on the surface.
Other plants can grow along the pond edge. If left
alone, ponds will eventually fill in with dirt and
debris until they become solid land. It often takes
hundreds of years for a pond to be transformed from
a body of clear water into soil.
- Ponds often support a large variety of animal
and plant life. Wind and streams can carry in eggs,
seeds, and organisms that develop into various life
forms. Pond animals include birds, crayfish, fish,
frogs, insects, and turtles. Microscopic organisms
also thrive in most ponds.
- Water temperature of ponds is fairly even from
top to bottom and changes with the outside air
temperature. There is little wave action in the
water body, and the pond bottom is usually
mud-covered. The amount of dissolved oxygen in the
pond may vary greatly during a day. In cold
climates, the entire pond can freeze solid.
- Subtitled the pond ecology web site, here you
find information about designing and building a
pond, suggestions for studying pond ecology, links
to ponds around the world, lots of information and
curriculum ideas for teachers, pond projects, a
virtual pond, and more.
Dipping-Wildlife Ponds at Kids
- Explore ponds and the wildlife in them such as
frogs, tadpoles, newts, and more.
- Related Sites on Pond Dipping:
- 2) Pond Dipping by Roy Winsby
- 3) Virtual Pond Dip http://www.diwalk.demon.co.uk/pond/ponmap1.htm
Ideas at Aliens Explore
- This site contains some excellent text articles
- Other Related Pond Webpages at Aliens
- 2) Amphibians http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic15.html
- 3) Crustaceans http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic12.html
- 4) Fish http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic14.html
- 5) Insects http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic17.html
- 6) Microscopic Plants and Animals http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic11.html
- 7) Molluses http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic13.html
- 8) Pond Plants http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic9.html
- 9) Snakes and Turtles http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic16.html
- 10)Spiders and Mites http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic28.html
- 11)Tiny Animals http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic10.html
- 12)Worms and Leeches http://www.alienexplorer.com/ecology/topic18.html
- This site has lots of information about the
setup and maintenance of a 'backyard pond.'
- After exploring several of the
websites below, complete one or more of
the following 'Pond Life' activities.
- Visit a Pond. A pond is a great
place to visit. Learn how and what to look
for at Explore
A Pond. Take notes on all that you see
and learn. Also take pictures of life
forms found at the pond. Record some
sounds of pond life. Put together a
presentation that summarizes you pond
visit(s). Early Spring is also the time to
go on Egg
Hunt (Ranger Rick).
- Ask a Question of a Pond
Expert. If you have questions about
pond design and construction or the care
and feeding of pond fish, ask Chuck. Chuck
Rush has many years of experience in pond
design and maintenance. First search the
archives at Ask
Chuck (North Texas Water Garden
Society) to see if your question has
already been answered. For questions about
the science of ponds, go to Ask-A-Geologist
(U.S. Geological Survey).
- Draw a Pond Life Mural. Using a
large piece of art paper, create a scene
of pond life. This could be a group
project with your family, friends, or
classmates. Visit several websites like
Ideas to learn about different life
forms commonly found at ponds. You might
make your scene a panorama that shows
dawn, midday, evening, and night
- Plan & Build A Backyard
Pond. You can find some helpful ideas
at (1) Half-Barrel
Pond Page, (2) Pete's
Pond Page, (3) Building
A Pond, (4) The
the Frog Force and other sites. You
may wish to start on a smaller scale; find
ideas for an aquarium pond at Explore
- Complete a WebQuest. Select a
webquest and adapt or follow the
directions at the webquest
- 1) Frog Frenzy by K. Littlewood &
E. Magee (Grade K-1) http://www.esc20.net/etprojects/formats/webquests/summer99/northside/frogfrenzy/default.html
- 2) Froggy Facts and Froggy Fun (Grade
3) by S. King http://www.memphis-schools.k12.tn.us/admin/tlapages/Frogs.htm
- 2) Frogs (5th grade) http://www.nashua-plainfield.k12.ia.us/projects/carol/index.html
- A Website By Kids For Kids
- (Section of 'Carter House Natural Science
Museum', a 1996 ThinkQuest
- Explore the shoreline, the shallows, and
- More Pond Websites
Dragonflies & Damselflies
- This is an online identification guide for
dragonflies and damselflies complete with pictures
and brief descriptions.
- Related Websites:
- 2) Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies http://kaweahoaks.com/html/dragonflies.htm
- 3) Beginner's Guide to Dragonflies by J.
- 4) Damsels and Dragons - the Insect Order
- 5) Dragonfly Website http://dragonflywebsite.com/
- 6) World of Odes http://www.iowaodes.com/main/intro.asp
& Ponds Topics
- You can learn the difference between lakes and
ponds, what lives in and around them, and how they
relate to rivers.
- Another Great Lakes and Ponds
- 2) Lakes and Ponds http://www.twingroves.district96.k12.il.us/Wetlands/LakesPonds/LakesPonds.html
Seasons in Still Water
- Here is a brief article about pond life.
Amazing Waterlily Cam!
- Here you can connect to two live cameras
pointed at a backyard pond in Portland, Oregon. If
one is turned off or its night, you can also listen
to sounds and look at stored images.
- Related PondCam and Pond Tour
- 2) Garden Tour at C&S http://www.pondguy.com/pondtour01.htm
- 3) Aquatic Garden (Cam) http://www.samnet.net/gunther/
- Pond Animal Websites
- Site includes facts about turtle defenses and
crafts, and teaches you how to explore a pond or
build one of your own!
- Other Turtle Websites:
- 2) Eastern Painted Turtle http://nature.ednet.ns.ca/nature/turtles/paint.htm
- 3) Kids' Questions About Turtles http://www.micronet.net/users/~turtles/pondfolder/kidspage/questions.html
- 4) Nova Scotia Turtles http://nature.ednet.ns.ca/nature/turtles/index.htm
- 5) Painted Turtle
- 6) Snapping Turtle http://www.nature.ca/notebooks/english/snapper.htm
- 7) Western Painted Turtle
at Alien Explorers
- Here you find information about frogs,
salamanders, newts, and toads.
- This brief website contains picture,
description, and sound of the bullfrog.
- This corner of the net is home to all kinds of
virtual frogginess, from the silly to the
- Related Frog Sites:
- 2) All About Frogs from The Learning
- 3) Freddo Frogís Pond http://www.greenweb.com.au/freddo/index.html
- 4) Frogs http://www.exploratorium.edu/frogs/
- 5) Frog Dissection http://curry.edschool.Virginia.EDU/go/frog/menu.html
- 6) The Whole Frog Project
in a Freshwater Pond from Yarra Valley
Water Education Site
- At this website, you can study the plants and
animals found in freshwater and how they effect
- Read about this project started by students in
Minnesota who found a high number of deformed frogs
in a local pond, and set about to find out
- Related Website:
- 2) A Thousand Friends of Frogs from Center
for Global Environmental Education http://cgee.hamline.edu/frogs/
- Salamander is the common name for about 320
species of amphibians with tails. They include all
the members of the order Urodela, including the
- Here are three slide shows that introduce you
to the animals and plants that you can expect to
find in Lilypad Pond.
- Pondsites for Teachers
Flow through Spring Ponds
- (Section of 'Carter House Natural Science
Museum', a 1996 ThinkQuest
- Here is a curriculum plan developed by the
Shasta Natural Science Association.
- Learn about how animals and plants live
together in these ecosystems by visiting and
studying a local pond or lake. Here are two
activities: 'Planaria Fishing' and 'The Name's
Pond, James Pond.'
Action at from
- Here are lots of pond science and pond math
lessons and activities plus tons of links to
Water Survey by T. Trimpe from The
- Students identify, describe, and classify
organizms living in pond water
and Amphibians (Grade 2-3) by M.
Seagle and J. Geanangel
- The overall purpose of this interdisciplinary,
thematic unit of study is to help students learn
more about the distinct characteristics of reptiles
and amphibians, including an emphasis on the
metamorphosis and development of amphibians.
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