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In this activity, students discuss the importance of observation in science. They are given the opportunity to observe an image of a native frog and record their observations.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • appreciate the importance of observation (the act of noting and recording something) rather than merely looking or seeing
  • explain why good observation skills are important for scientists
  • discuss important features of one of our native frogs and make inferences from their observations and background knowledge.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students
  • Maud Island frog image.

Useful links

Visit this Australian education website (Victoria Department of Education and Training) for a discussion of student versus scientific views.

Visit the NZFROG website for lots of information about frogs in New Zealand.

    Published 18 January 2010 Referencing Hub articles