Monitoring Amphibians

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What sort of shoes do frogs wear? Open toad sandals. If your scholars want experience collecting field samples, this is the lesson plan for you. After learning the proper way to collect field samples, pupils catch amphibians to test for Chytrid fungus as well as test the surrounding water for quality. The samples and field observation forms are mailed to scientists as they continue to grow their database of knowledge.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • After collecting field data, have students type their field observation forms to submit with their samples
Classroom Considerations

  • Prepare the test tubes and other materials before going into the field
  • Carefully follow all safety procedures to prevent spreading the fungus or stressing the animals
  • Join the database group before the lab as you must be approved by the Omaha Zoo staff to enter data
Pros

  • Highlights safety and important information in green so it stands out
  • Includes background information about why the project is happening and needs help
  • Provides links to videos and additional tips for the best way to complete the sampling
Cons

  • None
Common Core