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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