Our classroom pond is up and running! As part of our current IB unit, we are learning about how people, animals, and plants interact with each other. We wanted to show the children this using something they can easily see in Indiana, so we chose to learn about how the people, plants, and animals around and in a pond can interact with each other. We are lucky to have a pond on our school grounds, but we wanted to also have a pond that the children helped to create. We collected rocks from our playground and cleaned them off really well. We then placed them along with 6 gallons of spring water into a big plastic tub we got at the Container Store. We also added some aquatic plants and a few koi fish (along with 20 comets that are no longer living). We also have a submersible pump that is circulating the water and keeping things semi-clean.
We would like to include some more plants and animals that are more native to this area–does anyone have any ideas?