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What could be more fun than going out after dark to listen to the remarkable vocalizations of frogs and toads? This activity prepares students for such an experience with learning tasks that explore the biological purposes of various frog calls, the anatomy of how these sounds are made and the different calls of local frog species. The final step in this discovery unit is for students, teachers and parents to embark on an evening trip to a local wetland to closely observe amphibians in their natural habitat. As students listen to the sounds of the night they will develop a deep connection to the natural world that will reinforce positive attitudes towards conservation action.
This resource supports science curriculum outcomes related to ecosystem interactions, diversity of life, wetland systems and how organisms have adapted to meet their needs. The activities also foster environmental citizenship skills as students learn how to respectfully interact with nature. An English Language Arts assessment task engages students in a creative writing exercise that describes their field experience.
Frogs and toads are an integral component of food webs and are considered to be vital energy sources for many larger animals. Students could investigate this relationship by studying the potential impacts of declining amphibian populations on local freshwater ecosystems. School based stewardship projects could centre on community habitat preservation such as working with a municipality to create frog friendly habitat in a local park, or promoting pesticide free gardening techniques to local homeowners.
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