Visit to a Pond

Visit to a Pond is an invitational book for the Aquatic Ecosystems unit. It provides a context from which all students can draw ideas, and it engenders excitement, interest, and curiosity about some of the overarching content that will be addressed in the unit. In Visit to a Pond, students are invited to consider what they might see on a walk around a typical pond. Many of the environmental factors are described (where the water comes from, how much sunlight it gets) as well as many of the typical members of a pond community (birds, visiting mammals, insects, turtles, and fish). Additionally, the book is an example of how to write descriptively about places and organisms.