Instructional Video

Pondlife: Our Tiny Neighbors

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Three episodes explore pondlife with microbiologist Sally Warring from the American Museum of Natural History. Videos give scholars an up-close look into the microbes that live among pond scum, algae, and moss while the host offers detailed information.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Split the class into three groups, direct each group to watch one of the videos then share their findings with their peers
  • Spread the episodes over three days, watch one video each day and discuss thoroughly
  • Bring in live samples of pond scum, algae, or moss for learners to observe up close 
Classroom Considerations
  • Each episode is under 15 minutes long
Pros
  • Provides a brief overview of the role of microbes in ponds
  • Videos are high-quality productions
Cons
  • None