1st Grade - Science

LESSON PROBLEM: What is a Mallard? Where do ducks like to live? What do ducks need to live?


Quack! Quack! Can you guess what I am? I'm a duck. You're right. I'm a special kind of duck called a Mallard. I'm a bird that lives on and near the water.

What do I need to live? I need water, of course, to swim around. I also need food. I like to eat seeds, grains like rice, insects, snails and even fish!

I also need a place to build a nest. A nest is a duck's place to lay eggs that are hatched into baby ducks. I like to build my nest in grass or reeds near the water.

Where can I find all the things I need to live? Usually I can find them in the wetlands. Wetlands can be found next to deep waters, like a lake or an ocean.

Humans have turned many wetlands into cities and farm land. So when I can't find any wetlands, I like to live near flooded rice fields.

After the rice is harvested, the field is flooded. Lots of rice is left behind to eat! I can also eat the snails and insects left in rice field. Next to wetlands, I like rice fields best.

Quack! Quack!


Tell how you would save a wetland. Draw a picture to show how the wetland would look.


How many eggs do you think a duck usually has in its nest? What is the most familiar duck?


  • cover
  • reeds
  • flooded
  • fields
  • nest

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Baldo is actually a type of specialty rice grown right here in the U.S. Other types include basmati, jasmine and arborio.
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