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A pond dipping session introduces learning about herbivores, carnivores, predators and the reliance of some creatures on others for food. All the plants and creatures in a pond form a community together. Some rely on each other for their well-being and some creatures compete with each other. A group of children have been pond dipping and have found mayflies, small fish, water lice, water snails, water fleas, sticklebacks, water boatmen and a great diving beetle. The water snail hides in plants for shelter and also eats the plants. It is an herbivore, a vegetarian creature which only eats plants. A stickleback eats water fleas and is a carnivore. The water boatman has predators such as great diving beetles and sticklebacks, which are in competition for the same food item.
Living Things in their Environments: Feeding Relationships
This clip would be useful when learning about food chains and learning new vocabulary associated with this topic. If your class are about to go pond dipping the clip would be useful to play before the activity informing pupils about what they may find and see. Following pond dipping the clip might also help to strengthen the learning and stimulate discussion.
The clip might also be helpful when learning about different habitats and the fragile balance of creatures and plants living in those habitats.
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