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CHAPTER 4


CREEKS AND PONDS




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Books about Creeks and Ponds
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BOOKS about CREEKS AND PONDS

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Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek: A Tall, Thin Tale (Introducing His Forgotten Frontier Friend) by Deborah Hopkinson. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
The year is 1816. Abe is only seven years old, and his pal, Austin, is ten. Abe and Austin decide to journey down to Knob Creek. The water looks scary and deep, and Austin points out that they don’t know how to swim. Nevertheless, they decide to traverse it. I won’t tell you what happens, but let’s just say that our country wouldn’t be the same if Austin hadn’t been there to help his friend.

Animal Babies in Ponds and Rivers by Jennifer Schofield. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Ponds and rivers are home to an amazing variety of animal life including amphibians, mammals, and water birds. Hippos, otters, ducks, and tree frogs are among the multitude of creatures covered here, both on top of and below the water.

 


Brook Book (The) by Jim Arnosky. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
A babbling brook may seem peaceful on the surface, but look closer—it’s full of life! A crayfish pokes among the pebbles for food. A salamander sits on a smooth stone. Over there, a small catfish darts around in a slow pool. Acclaimed naturalist and author Jim Arnosky offers this informative guide—a field trip in book form—to brooks and streams that is perfectly pitched to young explorers and scientists. Through simple, respectful language and lively, engaging illustrations.

Butternut Hollow Pond (Millbrook Picture Books) by Brian J. Heinz. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Explores the life in a pond from dawn to dusk. Turtles nip at mallard ducklings, hawks hunt woodchucks, and herons eat pumpkinseed fish. The cycle of life is evident. The informative, matter-of-fact narrative descriptions are almost scientific, as are the pictures, done in watercolor. The individual animals are illustrated with great attention to detail, and the close-ups of many of them are excellent. The pastel landscapes help soften the book, and are more impressionistic.

Crawdad Creek by Scott R. Sanders. (2002 - Ages 4-8)
A world of discoveries awaits young readers as they follow Michael and Lizzie, who pan for gold and hunt for arrowheads. Lyrical descriptions based on the author’s own childhood experiences introduce the amazing variety of wildlife that can be found in and around a backyard creek...from whirligig beetles, turtles and crawdads to rabbits, deer, and raccoon.

Dead Man in Indian Creek (The) by Mary Downing Hahn. (2009 - Ages 9-12)
While camping near Indian Creek, Matt and his best friend, Parker, get up early to see if they can spot a blue heron. Instead, they find the body of a dead man floating in the clear water. Parker is sure that George Evans, the smooth-talking local antiques dealer, must somehow be connected to the dead man. Matt isn’t so sure—but then, on Halloween night, while snooping around Evans’s antique shop, the boys make another shocking discovery that puts their own lives in danger...

Down by the Cool of the Pool by Tony Mitton. (2002 - Ages 4-8)
There's flipping and flopping, splishing and splashing, wiggling and waggling down by the cool of the pool. Frog, Duck, Horse, Pig, and the rest of the gang dance and sing their way through this wacky, watery, wonderful story told with catchy, rhyming text and bold, vibrant illustrations. The fun is positively infectious, and you may just find yourself dancing and singing along with Frog and his frolicking friends.

In the Small, Small Pond by Denise Fleming. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Illustrates a small, small pond through the seasons while introducing common wildlife and action verbs. "The animals and insects that live on and in frshwater pond wiggle, waddle, hover, swoop and swirl through the stunning spreads... Young children are introduced to the basic habits of common North American wildlife and the characteristics of chanigng seasons even as they are treated to an array of zipper verbs." --Publishers Weekly.

Life in a Stream (Pebble Plus) by Carol Lindeen. (2003 - Ages 4-8)
From the desert to the rain forest, animals adapt to their surroundings for survival. Explore the world's habitats and the animals that make these places their homes.

Little Critter: Just a Day at the Pond by Mercer Mayer. (2008 - Ages 4-8)
Summertime is here. Little Critter heads off for a day at his grandparents' farm. He loves to fish in the pond and collect frogs, but he doesn't love to swim. Little Critter doesn't really know how to swim. But with the help of some bees he's kicking and paddling like a pro.

On the Banks of Plum Creek (Little House) by Garth Williams. (2004 - Ages 9-12)
The adventures of Laura Ingalls and her family continue as they leave their little house on the prairie and travel in their covered wagon to Minnesota. Here they settle in a little house made of sod beside the banks of beautiful Plum Creek. Soon Pa builds a wonderful new little house with real glass windows and a hinged door. Laura and her sister Mary go to school, help with the chores, and fish in the creek. At night everyone listens to the merry music of Pa's fiddle.

Salamander Rain: A Lake and Pond Journal (Sharing Nature With Children Book) by Kristin Joy Pratt-Serafini. (2001 - Ages 9-12)
Take a close look at your local lake, pond or woodland pool. Don't mind the mud - see it from a kid's eye view. Here is the journal and scrapbook of Klint, a young Planet Scout who kept notes for a year on his discoveries and became engrossed by the daily drama of turtles, crayfish dragonflies and water skimmers.

Secret of Heron Creek (The) by Lynne N. Lockhart. (1991 - Ages 4-8)
Two ten-year-old boys befriend a sea monster living in the Chesapeake Bay, and must ultimately defend her against a cruel, greedy man who wants to exploit her.

Skeleton Creek by Patrick Carman. (2009 - Ages 9-12)
Strange things are happening in Skeleton Creek . . . and Ryan and Sarah are trying to get to the heart of it. But after an eerie accident leaves Ryan housebound and forbidden to see Sarah, their investigation takes two tracks: Ryan records everything in his journal, while Sarah uses her videocam to search things out. . .and then email the clips for Ryan to see.


Song of the Water Boatman and Other Pond Poems (Caldecott Honor Book, BCCB Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award) by Joyce Sidman. (2005 - Ages 4-8)
A collection of poems that provide a look at some of the animals, insects, and plants that are found in ponds, with accompanying information about each.

Trouble in Troublesome Creek (A Troublesome Creek Kids Story) by Nancy Kelly Allen. (2010 - Ages 4-8)
Trouble has struck Troublesome Creek again! The five friends of the Troublesome Creek Gang never go out to find trouble, but it always seems to find them. This time, some toxic trouble is killing the fish in the gang's favorite swimming hole. Could a forgotten history be causing an ecological disaster? James and the rest of the gang are determined to find out.

Turtle Splash!: Countdown at the Pond by Cathryn Falwell. (2008 - Ags 4-8)
A counting exercise, set in a late-afternoon forest pond. Ten turtles lounge on a log. Each time a woodland creature disturbs the bunch, one turtle plunges into the lake, creating a countdown that ends at sunset with the final turtle joining his friends for sleep at the lake's bottom.

What's in the Pond? (Hidden Life) by Anne Hunter. (1999 - Ages 4-8)
What would you see if you sat at the edge of a pond and looked into the water? In this hand-size book, Anne Hunter illustrates in loving detail the creatures that live in and around a pond-a water strider, a tadpole, a red-winged blackbird, a painted turtle, and more. Each illustration is accompanied by simple yet detailed text describing the animal's characteristics and habits. Young readers can put this book into a pocket or a backpack and take it with them to the pond.

Witch of Blackbird Pond (The) by Elizabeth George Speare. (19778- Ages 9-12)
Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the Witch of Blackbird Pond...

Would You Rather Be a Pollywog: All About Pond Life (Cat in the Hat's Learning Library) by Bonnie Worth. (2010 - Ages 4-8)
From algae to snails, leeches, insects, fish, frogs, newts, turtles, ducks, swans, and more, the Cat explains how all different kinds of plants and animals make their home in and around ponds, as well as examining the difference between complete and incomplete metamorphosis and the various stages of frog development.

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Additional reading list:


Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair by Patricia Polacco. (1996 - Agges 4-8)
Christmas at Stony Creek by Stephanie Greene. (2007 - Ages 4-8)
Come Back, Salmon: How a Group of Dedicated Kids Adopted Pigeon Creek and Brought it Back to Life by Molly Cone. (2001 - Ages 9-12)
Ghost of Cutler Creek (The) (Ghost Mysteries) by Cynthia C. DeFelice. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
God's Blessings at Farm Creek Pond by Nancy Phillips. (2008 - Ages 9-12)
Great Green Turkey Creek Monster by James Flora. (1976 - Ages 4-8)
Mr. Gator's Up the Creek by Julie McLaughlin. (2005 - Ages 4-8)
Peril at King's Creek: A Felicity Mystery (American Girl Mysteries) by Elizabeth Jones. (2006 - Ages 9-12)
Phantom Outlaw at Wolf Creek (The Accidental Detectives Series #16) by S. Brouwer. (2005 - Ages 9-12)
Platypus Creek (Amazing Animal Adventures) by Vanessa Giancamilli. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Pumpkin Man from Piney Creek (The) by Darleen Bailey Beard. (1995 - Ages 4-8)
Raccoon at Clear Creek Road (Smithsonian's Backyard; Miniature Edition) by Carolyn Otto. (1995-Ages 4-8)
Salmon Creek by Annette LeBox. (2005 - Ages 4-8)
School at Crooked Creek (The) by Laurie Lawlor. (2004 - Ages 4-8)
Scrabble Creek by Patricia Wittmann. (1993 - Ages 4-8)
Shadows on Stoney Creek (Sarah's Journey Series #5) by Wanda Luttrell. (1997 - Ages 9-12)
Shy Stegosaurus of Cricket Creek (The) by Evelyn Sibley Lampman. (200 - Ages 9-12)
Sweet Creek Holler (A Sunburst Book) by Ruth White. (1992 - Ages 9-12)
Tale from Paleface Creek (A) by Robert F. Morneau. (2000 - Ages 4-8)
Wallaby Creek by Joyce Ann Powzyk. (1985 - Ages 4-8) (Australia)

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STORIES, FAIRY TALES AND FOLKTALES about CREEKS AND PONDS

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Story titles are in quotation marks.
Alphabetized with short excerpts included for your convenience and to save you research time.
Please tell us about broken or missing links, additions or corrections: jackie@storyloversworld.com.


1) "Crab (The) and the Heron"
— India
2) "Cruel Cock (The) and the Innocent Hen" — Bhutan
3) "Cruel Crane Outwitted (The)" — India
4) "Disobedient Tortoise (The)" — India
5) "Drop of Water (The)" — Denmark (Hans Christian Andersen)
6) "Flying Turtle (The)" — India
7) "Frogs (The) and the Crane" — Native American
8) "Origin of the Stars (The)" — Venezuela
9) "Pond Web" — by Sebastian Swan, U.K.
10) "Rabbit (The) and the Coyote" — Mayan, Guatemala


1) Crab (The) and the Heron" — an adaptation of an Indian fable, original source Panchatantra: The Complete Version. Posted by kwiznet.com.

Excerpt:
Once upon a time . . . an elderly heron made his home in a pond full of fish. He was stiff and slow in his old age, and he didn't find it easy to catch his lunch.

However, he decided to use his wits: he went to see a crab, said to be a great chatterbox, and in a mock frightened voice, told him the latest rumor.

"Certain birds, friends of mine, say that the lakeside fishermen will be coming here soon with their nets. They're going to take away all the fish. I'll have no meals left. Everything will be gone and the fish will end up in the frying pan!"

The crab quickly scuttled away to the banks of the pond and dived in to tell the fish the awful news. The frightened fish begged the crab for good advice, and he returned to the heron...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.kwiznet.com/p/takeQuiz.php?ChapterID=2087
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2) "Cruel Cock (The) and the Innocent Hen" — a folktale from Bhutan, retold by the author Penstar from his book The Cuckoo and the Pigeon published by Pilgrims Publication in Nepal.

Excerpt:
In the middle of a big forest, there once lived a happy couple, a hen and a cock. They had seven chickens. Every day the two birds searched food for their little children who were so little to find on their own.

One day as usual, when they were searching for food, they found a grain of soya-bean.

“You take this grain and feed our children,” suggested the cock. “I will bring in some more tonight.” The hen agreed and took it home.

On the way, she became thirsty and as she kept on walking, she saw a little pond nearby. The happy hen went to drink water and as she opened her mouth, the grain, which was inside fell down…down into the deep water. She could not take it out. In extreme fear of her cruel husband, the hen continued her way home...

The rest of this story is at:
http://bhutanfolktales.blogspot.com/
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3) "Cruel Crane Outwitted (The)" — a fairy tale from India, retold byJoseph Jacobs. Posted byauthorama.com

Excerpt:
Long ago the Bodisat was born to a forest life as the Genius of a tree standing near a certain lotus pond.

Now at that time the water used to run short at the dry season in a certain pond, not over large, in which there were a good many fish. And a crane thought on seeing the fish: “I must outwit these fish somehow or other and make a prey of them.”

And he went and sat down at the edge of the water, thinking how he should do it.

When the fish saw him, they asked him, “What are you sitting there for, lost in thought?”

“I am sitting thinking about you,” said he.

“Oh, sir! what are you thinking about us?” said they.

“Why,” he replied; “there is very little water in this pond, and but little for you to eat; and the heat is so great! So I was thinking, ’What in the world will these fish do now?’”

“Yes, indeed, sir! what are we to do?” said they.

“If you will only do as I bid you, I will take you in my beak to a fine large pond, covered with all the kinds of lotuses, and put you into it,” answered the crane...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.authorama.com/indian-fairy-tales-8.html
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4) "Disbedient Tortoise (The) " — a folktale from India from folkloreandmyth.netfirms.com.

Excerpt:
In a certain pond there once lived a tortoise by the name of Kamburgriva (Shell-Neck). He had two friends who belonged to the goose family and who had grown very fond of him. One was named Sankata (Small) and the other Vikata (Large). They regularly came to the pond's bank where they told one another many stories about the wise ones among the gods, Brahmans, and kings. At sunset they would return to their nests.

However, in the course of time the pond began to dry up, due to the lack of rain. Pained by this misfortune, the two said, "Alas, friend, this pond has become nothing but mud. How will you stay alive? Our hearts are saddened."...

The rest of this story is at:
http://folkloreandmyth.netfirms.com/india.html
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5) "Drop of Water (The)" by Hans Christian Andersen (1848). Found in Hans Christian Andersen: The Complete Fairy Tales and Stories (Anchor Folktale Library). Also found at the online link below.

Excerpt:
Of course you know what is meant by a magnifying glass—one of those round spectacle-glasses that make everything look a hundred times bigger than it is? When any one takes one of these and holds it to his eye, and looks at a drop of water from the pond yonder, he sees above a thousand wonderful creatures that are otherwise never discerned in the water. But there they are, and it is no delusion. It almost looks like a great plateful of spiders jumping about in a crowd. And how fierce they are! They tear off each other’s legs. and arms and bodies, before and behind; and yet they are merry and joyful in their way.

Now, there once was an old man whom all the people called Kribble-Krabble, for that was his name. He always wanted the best of everything, and when he could not manage it otherwise, he did it by magic...

The rest of this story is at:
http://hca.gilead.org.il/drop_wat.html
http://andersen.com.ua/en_the_drop_of_water.html
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6) "Flying Turtle (The)" — a folktale from India, retold by Ajay Jaiman from Pitara Kids Network at pitara.com. Includes illustrations.

Excerpt:
There was a large pond in the middle of a jungle. All kinds of animals came to drink water from it. A small turtle had been living by the pond for many years. And he had become good friends with two cranes who lived there too.

They used to play together, and tell each other stories. The cranes would fly to far away lands and when they returned to the pond, they would tell the turtle stories about all that they saw. The turtle, of course, could not go with them because he could not fly. But he loved to hear the cranes’ stories.

Then one year it did not rain at all. Slowly, the pond started to dry up. The turtle and the cranes were worried...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.pitara.com/talespin/folktales/online.asp?story=4
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7) "Frog (The) and the Crane" — Native American Lore.

Excerpt:
In the heart of the woods there lay a cool, green pond. The shores of the pond were set with ranks of tall bulrushes that waved crisply in the wind, and in the shallow bays there were fleets of broad water lily leaves. Among the rushes and reeds and in the quiet water there dwelt a large tribe of Frogs.

On every warm night of spring, the voices of the Frogs arose in a cheerful chorus. Some voices were low and deep---these were the oldest and wisest of the Frogs; at least, they were old enough to have learned wisdom. Some were high and shrill, and these were the voices of the little Frogs who did not like to be reminded of the days when they had tails and no legs.

"Kerrump! kerrump! I'm chief of this pond!" croaked a very large bullfrog, sitting in the shade of a water lily leaf.
"Kerrump! kerrump! I'm chief of this pond!" replied a hoarse voice from the opposite bank.
"Kerrump! kerrump! I'm chief of this pond!" boasted a third old Frog from the furthest shore of the pond...

The rest of this story is at:
http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Themes/frogs/
(Scroll down to "Frog Stories For Kids")
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8) "Origin of the Stars (The)" — a myth from the Warao people of the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela.

Excerpt:
Once upon a time there were two brothers, the elder of whom was a celebrated hunter. Each day he went farther afield in search of game, with the result that finally he came to creek he had never seen before. He climbed into a tree standing at its edge so as to watch for the animals that came to drink. Suddenly he saw a woman wading through the water toward him and he thought her behaviour very curious. Each time she put her hand into the creek she brought out two fish, and each time she ate one of them and put the other into her basket.

She was a very big woman, a supernatural being. On her head she was wearing a calabash, which she occasionally took off and threw into the water in such a way as to make it spin like a top. When she did this, she would stop to watch it, and afterwards she would walk on again...

The rest of this story is at:
http://venezuelanindian.blogspot.com/
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9) "Pond Web" — by Sebastian Swan and the Children's University in the U.K.

Excerpt:
One sunny day some water weed was floating in the pond. Suddenly there was a splish and a splash and it was all gone. Who are the water weed? (answer is given, along with children's artwork) There was a caddisfly nymph swimming in the pond. Suddenly there was a swirl and a whirl and it ws gone. Who ate the caddis fly nymph? (answer is given, along with children's artwork)...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/infant/chiuniweb/bkspf.html
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10) "Rabbit (The) and the Coyote" — a Mayan folktale translated from Q'angob'al Maya language of Guatemala by Pernando Peñolosa. From FolkArt.com.

Excerpt:
This is a story of Uncle Rabbit and Coyote. The rabbit came to a big rock, and there he deceived the coyote. He was leaning on the rock when the coyote came by.

"What are you doing, brother?" the coyote asked the rabbit.

"Come here quickly, brother, the sky is falling down on top of us. Lean against the rock and hold it up while I go for a stick. We'll prop it up with that," said the rabbit to the coyote.

"All right," said the coyote and began holding it up with all his might. Since the coyote was so stupid, he did exactly what the rabbit told him to...

The rest of the story is at:
http://www.folkart.com/folktale/tale_1.htm
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ONLINE LINKS TO STORIES AND INFORMATION about CREEKS AND PONDS

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Story titles are in quotation marks.
Short descriptions included for your convenience and to save you research time.
Please tell us about broken or missing links, additions or corrections: jackie@storyloversworld.com.


http://www.sacred-texts.com/pac/hft/hft15.htm
"The Punahou Spring" — a folktale from Hawaii, retold by Mrs. E.M. Nakuna in the book Hawaiian Folk Tales (Forgotten Books) by Thomas G. Thrum (1907) at sacred-texts.com. (Also available as a Kindle book.)


http://www.pitt.edu/~dash/type0225a.html
"The Talkative Tortoise," "The Disobedient Torotoise" and other folktales of Aarne-Thompson-Uther type 225A, edited by D.L. Ashliman, from pitt.edu. Full sources given: Jataka and Panchatantra.


http://www.mywatershedwatch.org/description.htm
"All About Watersheds" — What is a watershed? What's important about watersheds? What's the problem? Easy Ways to Prevent Watershed Pollution. How to Enjoy Your Creeks and Bay. Focuses on the San Francisco Bay Area.


http://kindernature.storycounty.com/display.aspx?DocID=2005418939
Background information about various wildlife habitats — specific facts on pond habitats and life. From KinderNature: A Resource for Early Childhood Educators (Iowa). Source: kindernature.storycounty.com.


http://www.yale.edu/ynhti/curriculum/units/1992/5/92.05.07.x.html
Pond Ecology by Joe Lewis from the Yale-New Haven Teachers Institute. Includes Introduction, the Scientific Method, the Hydrologic Cycle, Fundamentals of Pond Ecology, Constructing a Pond Community, Listing Factors that Exist inthe Pond Habitat with lesson plans. Excerpt: The subject of ecology is particularly important for our students today because we as Americans have finally realized that in order for our planet to remain alive, we must take preventive measures to save it. Pond Ecology takes into account one aspect of planet—ponds. Through experiments, readings and discussions, the students will learn to look critically at ecosystems, and ecology especially as they relate to ponds.


http://www.kiddyhouse.com/Themes/frogs/
All About Frogs for Kids and Teachers from kiddyhouse.com. Includes What is a frog? Sizes of frogs. Where do frogs live? How does a frog catch an insect? What do frogs eat? How does the frog protect itself from the enemy? Singing frogs. Mating. Life Cycle of frogs. Why are frogs important. More frog facts and activities. Also includes Frog songs and poems, crafts, lesson plans, stories, clipart, videos, worksheets and coloring activities.


http://www.emints.org/ethemes/resources/S00001802.shtml
Poems and Songs: Rivers and Ponds from eMINTS National Center, College of Education. Links to many resources. about rivers, ponds, frogs, turtles, fish, animals in and around water, bugs and snails, "Let's Visit a Pond!" and much more.


http://www.encyclopedia.com/doc/1G2-2838800159.html
Beaver Ponds from Fly Fishing: The Lifetime Sport. Article written in 2005. Posted by encyclopedia.com. Description of beaver ponds, where they are located, those that are best for fishing and why.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creek
Various definitions of "creek" from Wikipedia. Posted by Wikipedia.


http://www.enchantedlearning.com/classroom/K1/pondlife.shtml
Pond Life: A Scavenger Hung Using the Little Explorers Online Picture Dictionary. Posted by Enchanted Learning.


http://www.naturegrid.org.uk/pondexplorer/pondexplorer.html
Pond Explorer. Covers Teachers' Notes, Viritual Pond Dip, Exploring Pond Habitats, Pond Investigation, Activity Sheet, Identification Key. Posted by naturegrid.org.uk.

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PRESCHOOL AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES about CREEKS AND PONDS

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http://www.dmns.org/online-guides/ece/what-is-a-watershed.pdf
"What is a Watershed?" — from Earth Science: Preschool to Kindergarten, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Goals: 1) Learn what a watershed is; 2) Identify different kinds of waterwheds; 3) Be able to explain why we need watersheds; and 4) Be able to generalize new information observed in everyday life. Excerpt: "A watershed is an area of land that catches rain and snow and then drains into a body of water like a marsh, stream, river, or lake." Classroom activities.


http://www.nationalserviceresources.org/node/17430
"Holding a poetry contest to educate youth about watershed ecology" — Resource Center: Tools and training for volunteer and service programs. Abstract: Each year, in affiliation with the Library of Congress Center for the Book, River of Words conducts a free international poetry and art contest for youth on the theme of watersheds. Children in kindergarten through twelfth grade are invited to explore their own local watershed, and its importance in their lives, by writing a poem or producing a work of art on this theme. A book of the contest's winning entries, River of Words: The Natural World as Viewed by Young People, is published annually, and the winners are announced at a national event held in Washington, D.C. This effective practice excerpts materials from, "A Personal History of River of Words," by Pamela Michael, one of the originators of the River of Words poetry contest. From nationalserviceresources.org.


http://42explore.com/pond.htm
"Pond Life." Includes many classroom activities and suggestions for pond exploration. Extensive links to Internet information about ponds. Vocabulary list. Identifying pond flora and fauna.


http://www.gardenfishpond.co.uk/
"Water Garden — Introduction" — details on how to build a water garden, including planning, building and maintainiing. Excerpt: The term water garden and pond are often used to mean the same thing. A pond normally contains plants and fish like gold fish, wheras a water garden will contain a variety of aquatic plants and may contain fish typically like gold fish. The term Koi pond differs from both a water garden and pond because a koi pond will have limited plants in basically because the koi will eat most of them. You may be amazed that a lot of people don’t actually know what a pond is. A pond is a small area of still fresh water, it differs from a river or stream as it does not have moving water. Some man made ponds do have elaborate mechanism for water movement like fountains and waterfall but none of these are natural. A natural pond differs from a lake as they are typically smaller and shallower (not normally deeper than 2 meters) and normally filled by rainwater or by underwater springs. These ponds are commonly known as dew ponds. From gardenfishpond.co.uk/.


http://www.veggieglobal.com/wildlifecare/uk_ireland-ponds.htm
"Pond Life and How to Make a Wildlife Pond" — from veggieglobal.com, UK and Ireland. Step-by-step instructions on constructing a wildlife pond and how to care for the wildlife in it. Includes maintenance instructions and detailed information about tadpoles, dragonflies, damselflies, mayflies, frogs, toads and newts.


http://www.ssnsc.org/education/pond_activities.htm
Pond Activities: PreK-2, Grades 3-5. From South Shore Natural Science Center in Norwell, MA. Classroom activities including categorizing pond life, writing about a day in the life of a frog, recognizing the micro and macro life forms that live at a pond, designing a pond, visiting a pond.


http://stepbystepcc.com/pond.html
Pond Theme from stepbystepcc.com. Includes book listings, songs, poems, stories and fingerplays, arts and crafts, theme ideas, making cupcakes, links to other resources.


http://www.brighthub.com/education/early-childhood/articles/39159.aspx
Who Lives at the Pond Preschool Game, article by justkat72, edited and published by Elizabeth Wistrom. Includes many clipart pictures, descriptions of pond animals, crafts and games, theme: Down by the Pond, sing alongs, lily pad art.


http://www.kidssoup.com/Frog-pond-activities/frog-pond-crafts.html
Frogs and Pond: Preschool and Kindergarten Crafts, Lessons, Activities, Games, Rhymes, and Printables from KidsSoup.com. Description: A pond is a “small body of still water and many animals call the pond home. Frogs, snakes, dragonflies, insects, turtles, and ducks live in and around the pond. Children will learn about the frog and its life cycle and experience the pond life with our ribbit-ing ideas. Make the pond and its habitants come to life with these age-appropriate preschool and kindergarten activities, lesson, crafts, science experiments, games, and story booklets.


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Pond Unit from kindergarten-lessons.com. Sample Pond Unit Content:
• to observe animals and plants in jars of pond water in the classroom
• to record their observations in booklets
• to learn the characteristics of one or two pond animals
• to compare similarities and differences in pond animals
• to learn what pond creatures need to stay healthy
• to learn about the life cycle of one or two pond animals
• to be introduced to the concept of the food chain

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