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Frogs

Elementary

Description

Frogs introduces students to invasive species in an age-appropriate manner. In this enjoyable, animated video, Ben participates in the Challenge of the Sphinx and learns about the dangers of invasive species—in this case, frogs. Ben must explain if it is a good or bad idea to purchase an African Clawed frog from a pet store and then release it in a nearby pond. Ben initially decides that setting the frog free is a good idea, but after further reflection, he decides that invasive species of frogs may "wreck the place," tipping an ecosystem out of balance.

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Frogs is part of the Loop Scoops series which aims to get students reflecting about the stuff in their lives and what it can do to the environment. Appropriate for kindergarten to grade four students, Frogs is a fun, animated way to increase students’ awareness of invasive species living in their communities. This video can be easily integrated into the science and social studies curriculum or as part of an Earth Day activity. Students can look for invasive plant species in the form of a scavenger hunt or help develop a plan to increase the percentage of native species in the schoolyard. Creating a butterfly garden or other habitat native to the region can create opportunities to study an ecosystem through several seasons, as well as encourage the growth of native species.

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Themes Addressed

  • Citizenship (1)

    • Community-Building and Participation
  • Ecosystems (3)

    • Appreciating the Natural World
    • Habitat Loss
    • Invasive Species