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Take a break and link your mind to discover the world of Frogs!

Overview: This page contains a description of series of the top ten

  • Links click here
  • and other Resources click here we used in this project.
  • There's also a description of a Scavenger hunt activity that we found that kids really like to do.

Scavenger hunt: Bookmarking Activity:

Phase One: Conduct an Internet scavenger hunt in which pairs of students search for different web sites involving specific kinds of animals they are interested in. They should search for things like Mealworms, slime molds, cats, spiders, whales, worms, plus snakes, frogs and other amphibians. We provide them with a sheet of paper with different categories of animals for the students to find. (These can be made from a list the kids compile!) Also search sheets can be different. When they find a specific site you can either have them create a bookmark file (we recommend this) and save it to disk. (Do this first it can be tricky if you are going into it cold) You check the bookmark file. Award prizes to those that complete the list in the allotted time. We don't recommend you presearch sites - this is a true exploratory activity.

Phase Two: Site Evaluations In this phase students return to their assigned sites and review them under a criteria you provide. ( For example: Clean looking pages, good photos, graphics, sounds, av, what grade level for, accurate information, complete information, good links list etc.)

Phase Three: After each student visits the sites and they complete the site reviews a final list is made based upon input from all those who visited the site survey on a particular site. The final list is bookmarked and saved to file for the computers that class will have access to and also saved to disk. In addition all sites, especially those frog related will be copied to a text file complete with description and recommended uses of the site.

 

Frog Links

1.

Welcome to Frogland!

This site is highly visual with lots of cartoons that appeal to young students. They could download some of these pictures and facts to include in their productions.

2.

A Thousand Friends of Frogs

This site connects students, educators, and scientists in the study of frogs and their habitat. It was inspired by a Minnesotan classroom who discovered many deformities in the frogs from a wetland they were studying. I chose it because it has a page where students can post questions to experts in the field. It links to other sites so students can hop around in their search for facts and comparisons to their own frog raising experiment. It also has samples of student writing and art posted to inspire students in their own reflection of their project.

3.

The Froggy Page

Pictures, songs, tales, facts, make an origami jumping frog and other fun. You can even order frog tee shirts if you choose!

4.

a California Red Legged Frog enviromental website

Gives a lot of information about California Red Legged Frogs, the southern cousins of our Red Legged frogs. They are threatened in the environments down south!

5.

Sounds of Rana Aurora

Those crafty scientists have found a way to record the Red Legged Frog's mating calls!

6.

The Exploratorium

Gosh, you name it, this site has got a great 6 page program on the amazing adaptable frog. Visit and learn.!

7.

Frogweb - The National Biological Information Infrastructure

Do some action to save our frogs!! Also get basic research information, color a toad and do other kid stuff.

8.

Center for Biological Diversity

Gives life history, background of the Red Legged Frog in California. Provides other links that are useful. Did you know that Californians once ate these little critters?

9.

The Young Scientist's Introduction to a Wetland

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has a great book for (K-5) classes that you can download and introduce students to a wetland!

10.

Virtual Frog Dissection Kit

Ok here's a way to dissect your froggy friends without hurting them a bit. Virtual dissection is the way to go if you are squeemish, or just plain don't have any frogs you choose to cut up.
This is an award winning virtual frod dissecting program. Try it, you'll like it.

 

Resources:

Here are a few of the many resources to check out. We strongly recommend checking out the A Thousand Friends of Frogs site listed above. It has a very good list of resources for all levels, including audio tapes of froggy sounds, etc!

  • Brous, J. Washington, 1987, Ranger Rick's Nature Scope: Let's Hear it for Herps National Wildlife Federation, Washington DC.

An excellent primary source

  • Carin, Arthur A. and Robert Sund., 1980, Teaches Science Through Discovery, Charles E. Merril Publishing Co., Columbus, Ohio

Still solid text, one of the original discovery texts in recent era.

  • Kellogg, Steve, 1977, The Mysterious Tadpole, Dial Books for Young Readers, Division of Penguin Books, New York, NY.

A primary book story about a tadpole that really was a baby Loch Ness monster!

  • Kneidel, S., 1993, Creepy Crawlies and the Scientific Method ,Fulcrum Publishing, Golden, CO, pp85-101.

An incredible guide for teachers seeking ways of working with animals and science!

  • Kopp, J. , 1992, Frog Math, Berkeley, California: Lawrence Hall, 1992.

Cross disciplinary book, highly recommended

  • Minnesota Volunteer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul, Minnesota, May-June, 1995.

Lots of good stuff coming out of Minnesota in the past years. This is one to get if possible.

  • Toepfer, Karen L. 1994, Amphibians as Bio-Indicators , Nebraska Department of Education, Topeka, Kansas

Check out this book if you are interested in Bio Indicators. JHS/HS level and above

  • _____, 1991, Bio Sci II Elementary Videodisc Edition, ISBN 1-56307-089-8, Videodiscovery Inc. Seattle, WA.

Outstanding resource for study of all organisms.

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