Photo Journals
Sunnyside Pond Habitat

Photo Journal

June 4, 1999



Each time we go to the ponds, we take pictures with a camera. When we are back in our classroom, we make a photo journal of our field trip.

We have photo journals from 1993 to 1999. We read and look at the photo journals to learn about changes in the pond habitat.


From 1993 to 1998, our pictures of the pond were taken with a regular camera using color print film. After the film was developed at the photo shop, we would look at them and use the computer to write sentences to go with each picture.

The pages look like this:


Now we use a digital camera to take our pictures at the pond. We put the digital images onto our computer and look at them as a slide show. We talk about what we would like to write about the pictures. We use our writing program to create a photo journal with words and digital images.

Sometimes we write the sentences for the pictures together as a whole class. Our sentences are typed on the computer in a writing document. We use a large font on the computer screen so the everyone in the class can see the words. Sometimes Mrs. Rennebohm Franz types the words and sometimes one of the children does the typing.

We revise and edit the sentences. The printed sentences with the digital images are printed and made into photo journal booklets.

We can print several color copies of the field trip photo journal for small groups to use in reading lesons and for our classroom library. We can send the photo journals as attachments in our email to schools around the world and we can put our photo journals into web pages.

Here is the cover of a photo journal made with digital images.



Here is the photo journal from our last trip to the pond for the 1998-99 school year.


Sunnyside Pond Water Habitat Journal

June 4, l999





When we went to the pond at Sunnyside Park on June 4, 1999, we stood by the edge of the pond to make observations.


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The island in the pond keeps shrinking and there is not much space for mallard ducks to have their nests on the island.


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This close up picture of the island shows how the trees and shrubs on the island are very close to the water. The willow tree branches hand into the water. You can see three male mallards swimming near the island.


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Here is a close up picture of a male mallard duck. There weren't many ducks at the pond on June 4th. We didn't see any duck nests. We didn't see any ducklings.


We saw only one female mallard. Sometimes she was on the island and sometimes she was swimming in the big pond.

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We were excited when we saw turtles sunning themselves on the island. It was fun to watch them!


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We saw a bird walking in the grass near the edge of the pond. We think it is a starling.

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The water had a turquoisy-green color. Usually the water is an olive brown color.

In photo journals from past school years, we learned that the city sometimes puts a dye in the water in the spring to keep the algae from growing and covering the pond.

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There was water tumbling down the waterfall that is at the edge of the big pond.

In this picture you can really see how the water is a turquoisy-green color!

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From reading photo journals from past school years, we learned that the waterfall is connected to the little pond by an underground pipe. Because the little pond is lower than the big pond, there is a pump that pumps water up to the waterfall from the little pond. The water falls into the big pond at the waterfall. The water runs through the big pond to the stream that connects to the little pond. Then it is pumped back up to the waterfall. It is a water recylcing system! During winter, the city turns off the pump and there is not water tumbling over the waterfall.

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We like going to the pond to see what is happening there.

We are worried that there won't be any ducklings this year!

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In August, 1999, the city of Pullman is going to drain the big pond and rebuild the island.

 We hope that when the island is restored, there will be more space on the island for the ducks to nest and raise their ducklings.

When our class visits the pond next spring, maybe we will see nests again on the island and lots of ducklings!!

The End

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INDEX of Water Habitat Web Pages

First Pond Page/A Look At Photo Journals/Writing About Water Habitats/Water Habitat Quilt/First Meeting With Mr.Alan Davis/Response to Pond Floods/Observation of the Great Blue Heron/Presentation to City of Pullman/Pond Birds/Pond Trees and Shrubs/Water Habitat I*EARN Conference Keynote Address/Photo Journal August 1999/Second Meeting With Mr.Alan Davis and Mr. Fetter/Research on Plantings for New Island/Planting Grass Seeds Photo Journal October 1999/Studying Pond Macroinvertebrates/Return to Classroom Index