Interactive, Lesson Plan


To practice using microscopes and stereoscopes students will observe and record data on three ponds, with emphasis on the types and numbers of organisms in each. They will prepare a report that discusses the biodiversity of each pond.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Ecology

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


ponds pond life ecosystem biodiversity microscope stereoscope



Access Privileges:

Public - Available to anyone

License Deed:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
Update Standards?

SCI.7.4.A: Science

use appropriate tools to collect, record, and analyze information, including life science models, hand lens, stereoscopes, microscopes, beakers, Petri dishes, microscope slides, graduated cylinders, test tubes, meter sticks, metric rulers, metric tape measures, timing devices, hot plates, balances, thermometers, calculators, water test kits, computers, temperature and pH probes, collecting nets, insect traps, globes, digital cameras, journals/notebooks, and other equipment as needed to teach the curriculum; and
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2017-12-01.

Component Ratings:

Standards Alignment: 3
Support Steaching: 3
Deeper Learning: 3

Reviewer Comments:

Deeper Learning: Students will compare their results with data from other groups to draw conclusions and generationalizations.

Not Rated Yet.

Non-profit Tax ID # 203478467