In this activity, students consider the conservation of native frogs from a number of different perspectives.

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

  • examine the conservation of native frogs from a range of different value perspectives
  • use their growing science knowledge to make an informed decision on a New Zealand conservation issue
  • give reasons for the decline in the number of native frogs
  • describe some of the methods used in species recovery in New Zealand.

Download the Word file for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • instructions on what you need and what to do
  • discussion questions
  • ideas for extending your students
  • PMI worksheets.

Activity idea

The Ethics thinking tool uses common ethical frameworks to help you explore ethical decision-making and judgements with your students. You may want to use a ‘Consequentialism’ or ‘Multiple perspectives’ approach to explore the issue of saving our native reptiles and amphibians. If you register as a teacher, you can customise the tool to suit your ethical question and chosen approaches.

Useful links

To find out more about the ethical frameworks and using them in the classroom, visit the Biotechnology Learning Hub.
www.biotechlearn.org.nz/themes/bioethics/frameworks_for_ethical_analysis

Visit the Department of Conservation website for more information on species conservation in New Zealand.
www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/

    Published 18 January 2010