On Duck Pond

On Duck Pond by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Bob Marstall

The On Duck Pond – Teacher’s Guide (8 pages, free download) features activities that target national science, math, writing, and art education standards for grades K-2. This website provides background information and digital content to complement the printable Guide.




Supplemental Materials for the Activities in the Guide:

Activity 4: The Life of a Duck

Use this Story Board organizer to create a numbered sequence of the life cycle of a duck. Invite children to draw and/or write what happens in each square of the organizer.

Activity 5: Similar Sightings

Use the following images of ducks to examine how males and females of various species differ. Print out the pictures and challenge children to match the pairs. Some are trickier than they seem! Pay attention to details such as body shape, bill shape, and size.

Male Mallard photo by C. P. Ewing on Flickr

Female Mallard photo by Brent Moore on Flickr

Wood Duck

Male Wood Duck photo by Ingrid Taylar on Flickr

Female Wood Duck photo by Ingrid Taylar on Flickr

Male Green-winged Teal photo by Carla Kishinami on Flickr

Female Green-winged Teal photo by Mike’s Bird on Flickr

Male Hooded Merganser photo by Steven Kersting on Flickr

Female Hooded Merganser photo by Mr.TinDC on Flickr

Male American Widgeon photo by Brendan Lally on Flickr

Female American Widgeon photo by Aaron Fellmeth Photography on Flickr





























Activity 6: Waddle and Wade

For an exclusive underwater look at how webbed feet work, check out these videos with your students:



Activity 7: Quacking Concerts

Listen to these various types of duck calls to get some inspiration for your class’s pond chorus:



National Education Standards

Art Connections (ART; National Core Art Standards)

  • K: VA:Cr1.1.Ka, VA:Cr1.2.Ka, VA:Cr2.1.Ka, VA:Cr2.2.Ka, VA:Cr2.3.Ka, VA:Re.7.2.Ka, VA:Re8.1.Ka
  • 1: VA:Cr1.1.1a, VA:Cr1.2.1a,
  • 2: VA:Cr1.1.2a, VA:Cr1.2.2a, VA:Cn10.1.2a

English Language Arts (ELA; Common Core State Standards)

Reading: Informational Text

  • K: RI.K.1, RI.K.2, RI.K.3, RI.K.10
  • 1: RI.1.1, RI.1.3, RI.1.7, RI.1.10
  • 2: RI.2.3, RI.2.4, RI.2.7, RI.2.8

Reading: Literature

  • K: RLK.1, RLK.3, RLK.7, RLK.10
  • 1: RL1.1, RL1.3, RL1.7, RL1.9, RL1.10
  • 2: RL2.    1, RL2.3, RL2.6, RL2.7

Speaking and Listening

  • K: SL.K.1, SL.K.1.A, SL.K.1B, SL.K.2, SL.K.3, SL.K.5, SL.K.6
  • 1: SL.1.1, SL.1.1A, SL.1.B, SL.1.1C, SL.1.2, SL.1.3, SL.1.4, SL.1.5, SL.1.6
  • 2: SL.2.1, SL.2.2, SL.2.3, SL.2.4, SL.2.6


  • K: W.K.2, W.K.3, W.K.7, W.K.8
  • 1: W.1.2, W.1.3, W.1.5, W.1.7, W.1.8
  • 2: W.2.5, W.2.7, W.2.8

Mathematics (MATH; Common Core State Standards)

  • K: K.CC.B.5, K.CC.C.6, K.MD.A2, K.MD.B.3
  • 1: 1.MD.C.4, 1.MD.A.1, 1.MD.C.4
  • 2: 2.OA.C.3, 2.MD.D.10

Science Connections (SCI; Next Generation Science Standards)

  • K: K-L-S1-1, K-ESS3-3,
  • 1: 1-ESS1-1, 1-ESS1-2,
  • 2: 2-LS4-1, 2-LS2-2





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