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Learning objects Environmental field project: frog pond habitat


Find out how animals use a pond habitat in different ways. Answer a short quiz about how organisms are adapted to their environment. Explore a pond and discover four sub-habitats. Capture specimens for study by choosing collection tools which don't hurt the animals or damage the study area. Collect animals from a grassy bank, a rocky bank, trees and shrubs and under water. Describe how each sub-habitat might meet an animal's basic needs for food, water, shelter and protection.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students discover sub-habitats within a pond environment and identify the features of each which make them suitable for animal life.
  • Students investigate how different animal species in a pond habitat might meet their needs for food, water, shelter or protection.
  • Students evaluate methods of collecting specimens from a study area according to their impact on the animal and the study area.
Educational value
  • Demonstrates that a suitable habitat meets an animal's basic needs for food, water, shelter and protection.
  • Explores the concept of sub-habitats within a pond environment.
  • Allows students to record their observations about each habitat and each animal's adaptation to its habitat in a printable notebook.
  • Models appropriate specimen collection practices which do not damage a study area.
  • Includes detailed descriptions and photo or video images for each species featured in the activity.
Year level

5; 6; 7; 8; 9

Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
  • Science/Science inquiry skills
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Animals
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Habitats
    • Science/Food chains
    • Science/Pollution
    • Science/Natural environment
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Analysis;
    • Experiment;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Experiential learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 23 Dec 2015
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
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    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • © 2016 Education Services Australia Ltd, except where indicated in Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence