Little else can stimulate a student’s interest in biology like a drop of pond water teaming with invisible life viewed with a microscope. This activity describes two means of observing pond water other than the traditional hanging drop or temporary wet mount slide preparation. 

Pond Scum: Investigating Microorganisms (PDF)

 

Intended Audience

K-4

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5-8

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9-12

X

 

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the students will be able to:

  1. appreciate (acknowledge) the previously unseen life in pond water.
  2. prepare a biofilm slide.
  3. draw and describe a microorganism.

 

Student Background

Students must be familiar with using a microscope.

 

Keywords

aquatic, environment, protozoa, biofilm, water quality, classification

 

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