Lesson Plan

Freshwater Food Chains

What's in the water? Encourage your class to further explore this question and learn about pond ecosystems, food chains, and food webs as they complete this hands-on activity. They view the environment from a new perspective after exploring microscopic organisms present in local water samples and how their presence affects our food chain.



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Instructional Ideas
  • Assist class members as they create a visual representation of the food web observed in their individual pond water samples
  • Facilitate a group discussion on the similarities and differences of terrestrial and marine food webs while providing the opportunity for a Q&A session



Classroom Considerations
  • Ensure gloves are worn to decrease potential of pathogen exposure
  • Learners have the opportunity to relate the current activity to present and future environmental issues
  • May be differentiated and easily adapted as needed
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