Pond habitats may not seem to be intricate or diverse. But with a closer look, ponds are teeming with life, microhabitats and diversity. A pond habitat becomes a fascinating science project to display onto a poster for others to learn from. Using a poster to exhibit your pond habitat research also allows you to use your artistic side to create a visually attractive poster.
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With a photographic display, the poster becomes a visual representation of the pond. The photographs recreate the life in the pond for others to see. Take pictures of the pond life and habitat from above and below the water (with a waterproof camera). Then print the photos and arrange them on the poster board to show what lives above the water, below the water and near the shore.
In a 3-D poster display, the pond literally pops out of the poster. Use construction paper, origami artwork and other craft supplies to recreated each part of the pond. Attach the art to the poster to represent the pond habitat. Use construction paper cutouts for sand, gravel and rocks to line the bottom of the poster. Plants can be made from tissue paper and pipe cleaners. Living creatures such as the insects and fish are brought to life with origami. This poster projects gives students the opportunity to study the habitat and learn a new craft.
Food Web of a Pond
This display shows the food cycle of the pond habitat by pasting or drawing pictures of the various parts of a pond's food cycle. Draw lines between living organisms to show what eats what, creating the pond's food web. Larger fish eat smaller fish and insects. Ducks eat plankton and algae. Turtles eat most anything in the pond. Make sure the poster includes all of the main plants and animals in the pond habitat.
Every pond habitat has microhabitats within it. Some fish stay close to shore while others stay in the deeper, colder waters. Some plants grow right up to the water, while other plants grow farther away from the water. The bottom of the pond changes from shore to the middle, usually with larger rocks at the shore and sand or mud in the middle. All of these characteristics create microhabitats that can be shown on a poster with drawings, pictures or 3-D art.
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