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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.
    Rights: The University of Waikato

    Observation in science

    Associate Professor Alison Cree and Dr Phil Bishop talk about the importance of observation in science using examples from their research into reptiles and amphibians.

    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.

    Related content

    Read more about the importance of observation in science in these articles that look at some of the key science ideas and concepts:

    Activity ideas

    Why not use one or more of these observation activities in your class.

    Professional learning development

    Take a look at our professional learning development webinar recordings to learn more about Developing an eagle eye and Making sense of what we see.

    Our webinar Observology for the classroom shows you how observing nature can lead to engaging science learning.

    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
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