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Somewhat Amusing World of Frogs

Let's find out some new facts about the amphibian we call the frog.

After you read these articles about frogs, you will have learned some very interesting facts that you probably don't already know. You may want to print out this guide and follow the directions as you are on the frog site. Remember, picture in your mind what you are reading and think about how you answer the following questions. Now, begin your curriculum connection by clicking on Somewhat Amusing World of Frogs.

Click on Finding Frogs. Read the section and then describe in words or draw an illustration of the places you are most likely to find frogs. Pinpoint the places in your city where you would be able to find frogs based on this description.

Click on the Frogs v. toads section. Read these facts and decide if you can find toads in the same places you can find the frogs. Why?

Click on Size. Read this section. Draw a line showing how long most frogs are. Then draw a line showing how long the longest frog is. What is the difference between the two lines? What other animals are about the same size as each of the two lines?

Click on Sight. From what would the third eyelid protect them?

Click on Environment. From reading this section tell me if frogs would be likely to live in the middle of a pond, lake, or other body of water.

Click on Legs. Remember how long the average frog is. Now mark off the length of the frog jump listed here. Why would this ability to jump be an asset to the frogs?

Click on the Mouth. What is the advantage of the frog's tongue being attached at the front of his mouth? What makes you think that the frogs might be thoughtful amphibians?

Click on Food. There are a couple of interesting things in this section. What is so unusual about the frogs' eyes? What happens if a frog eats something that is poisonous or bad for them? Did you know these frog facts before you read this? If so, congratulations, you must have studied frogs before.

Click on the sections for Colour and Defence. Read these sections and then compare the way the blue frog escapes its predators to the way the other frogs get away from theirs. What is the advantage of being able to change colors?

Click on Tadpoles. Why do you think pond tadpoles are fat and river tadpoles are thin? (Hint: Think about their environments.) The tadpoles like warm water. Why, then, do they like the outer edges of a pond? What would you consider to be the most important aspect of their habitat?

Click on Man. Do you think it would be easier to photograph a frog than some other animal? Why or why not? Why is cleaning up the environment important to preserving the frog populations of the world?

Lesson by Peggy Barber...email any comments to barberp@k12tn.net