Pond Ecosystem Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What individual parts work together to create a pond ecosystem? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain key facts about pond ecosystems. An activity allows students to build their own pond ecosystem.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • list key characteristics of a pond
  • define ecosystem
  • discuss the elements of a successful pond ecosystem
  • summarize the role of animals in the pond ecosystem
  • explain how plants contribute to pond ecosystems

Length

45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.3

Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words and phrases in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area.

  • 3-LS4-3

Construct an argument with evidence that in a particular habitat some organisms can survive well, some survive less well, and some cannot survive at all.

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