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.

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

    Published 18 January 2010