Objective: Children will explore and compare the movements of different pond animals.
‹ Return to Theme
All animals move in different ways. The way animals move depends on where they live and how they are built. Some pond animals, such as frogs and toads, have strong legs to help them swim and hop. Other pond animals, like fish, have a body shape and fins that allow them to swim through water. Animals that live on top of the pond, like ducks, have webbing on their feet that allows them to paddle. Some pond insects have wings to help them fly over the top of the water.
A pond is a small area of fresh water that is shallow enough for sunlight to reach the bottom. Ponds are full of a wide variety of animal and plant life. Plants are abundant even in the middle of the pond because sunlight can reach them. Plants and animals that live in a pond create a delicate life cycle balance and are dependent on each other for survival. Not all animals live in the pond. Some animals, such as ducks and geese, live on top of the water. Others, like raccoons and birds live around the pond.
These lessons are aligned with the Common Core State Standards ("CCSS"). The CCSS provide a consistent, clear understanding of the concepts and skills children are expected to learn and guide teachers to provide their students with opportunities to gain these important skills and foundational knowledge.
While we believe that the books and resources recommended may be of value to you, keep in mind that these are suggestions only and you must do your own due diligence to determine whether the materials are appropriate and suitable for your use. PNC has no sponsorship or endorsement agreement with the authors or publishers of the materials listed.
There are currently no Common Core Standards for pre-k, but these lessons are aligned as closely as possible to capture the requirements and meet the goals of Common Core Standards. However, these lessons were neither reviewed or approved by the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices or the Council of Chief State School Officers, which together are the owners and developers of the Common Core State Standards.