Pond-dipping: habitats and lifecycles (Years 3–6)
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Get hands-on to investigate the teeming life in the Gardens’ freshwater ponds.
Examine your catches by eye before investigating every hair and claw in detail under our microscopes.
Can you work out who feeds on who? Classify and categorise your findings into a simple food web.
- ACSSU044: Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things
- ACSIS215: Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings.
- ACSSU072: Living things have life cycles
- ACSSU073: Living things depend on each other and the environment to survive
- ACSIS066: Consider the elements of fair tests and use formal measurements and digital technologies as appropriate, to make and record observations accurately
- ACSIS216: Compare results with predictions, suggesting possible reasons for findings.
- ACSSU043: Living things have structural features and adaptations that help them to survive in their environment
- ACSIS218: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations.
- ACSSU094: The growth and survival of living things are affected by physical conditions of their environment
- ACSHE098: Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions
- ACSIS105: Use equipment and materials safely, identifying potential risks
- ACSIS221: Compare data with predictions and use as evidence in developing explanations.