Living World – Pond Predators

We need you to be expert scientists and investigate our Brewongle ponds. What lives beneath the water and how are these creatures connected? Find out who eats who in the pond and how our watery world is connected!

Inquiry Questions:

  • How can we group living things?
  • What are the similarities and differences between the life cycles of living things?
  • How are environments and living things interdependent?

The aim of this Scientific Inquiry is to investigate the Living World, with a focus on the grouping and life cycles of living things and the interconnectedness of ecosystems. You will be researching the animals that live beneath the water in the ponds at Brewongle EEC.

Pre-visit tasks:

Complete this section at school before your Brewongle Excursion – Approximately 2hrs.

Watch this video about waterbugs first.

  1. Investigate the food webs and chains, life cycles and plan your upcoming investigation by completing the following pages from the NSW Waterwatch Activities Workbook

The excursion at Brewongle EEC – 5hrs.

While at Brewongle EEC, students will collect data and rotate through hands on, interactive science activities to answer the inquiry questions above.

Activity 1 – Dipnetting: Discover which bugs live in the Brewongle ponds and become a citizen scientist! Identify and group all bugs and record data on abundance. Data will be collated for the whole class from smaller group samples then entered into the National Waterbug Blitz database. Download and print the St 2 Sci Datasheet-Pond Predators

Activity 2 – Aboriginal story – Tiddalick the frog as a play and sand art around the campfire.

Activity 3 – Classification: How can we group living things by observable features? Utilise our Earthlab with microscopes and insect and frog models to classify living things and draw them with scratch art.

Activity 4 – Connector Inspector – Play our food web game to discover what eats what and the consequences of water pollution!

Post Visit Tasks:

  • Represent data collected on waterbugs as a column graph that shows the abundance (amount) of each waterbug collected by the class.
  • Identify the most abundant creatures in Brewongle Ponds.
  • Create a food web of the creatures living in the ponds.
  • Create a habitat list needed for these creatures
  • Classify these creatures based on observable features.

Resources

CER00518 National Waterbug Blitz logo_Final

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