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 the Science Continuum website for more information about common student alternative conceptions related to observation.
education.vic.gov.au...teachingresources/discipline/science...scienceauth.aspx

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

    Published 18 January 2010