Pond Water Microscope Activity/Lab by Miss Middle School Teacher
This lab activity is a great way to explore microscopic organisms living in local ponds, streams, and lakes. I use this during my life sciences/cells unit with middle schoolers. After discussing protists and fungi, we predict what microscopic organisms may be living in just one drop of Wisconsin pond water. (NOTE: get some pond, stream, or river water prior to this lab for students to use. The murkier, the better! Early fall and spring are the optimal times during the school year for microscopic pond life to thrive).
Students take pipettes of pond water (one drop or two is placed on a concave microscope slide) and see what they find! I've found some pictures of 'common Wisconsin pond life' online that I provide on the lab tables as well for students to help identify what they see. You may want to do the same for your area.