The Frog Blog

October 23, 2019

Frogwatch update week 11 – 15 November 2019  

The students have filled out week three and four of the tadpole diary. Students are super excited to observe the changes they see in the tadpoles and some have wondered if the cooler weather has slowed the growth of the tadpoles.

Half of the students put their new learned skills of persuasive writing to the test. They shared their opinions of why frogs are important to our environment. Please see below screenshots of some of the entries:




     
     

National Water Week

We’re celebrating National Water Week this week, with the theme of It’s time to change the world.  

As climate change headlines have shown us, our youngest citizens really care about the environment and want to take action. 

Taking action in schools this week, hundreds of kids are becoming budding scientists to monitor their own pool of tadpoles as they transform into frogs. This program is run by the Ginninderra Catchment Group and proudly sponsored by Icon Water.  

Over the next nine weeks we’ll be following the kids at North Ainslie Primary School as they explore and discover the amazing process of metamorphosis. The program not only gives kids a fun learning experience and an understanding of amphibians, but an appreciation for the wider natural world. In this way, students learn all about our local fauna and the importance of protecting our local ecosystems.  


120 kits are going out to schools, with everything the tadpoles need to grow to maturity as well as detailed instructions and weekly email updates with ideas for lessons and activities. Schools then return the mature frogs at the end of Term 4 so they can be released back into the wild.  



Just some of the tiny tadpoles ready to be taken to classrooms across Canberra. 

Frogwatch week 2 – 21-25 October 2019  

The students had a classroom debate this week. One group was humans trying to persuade the other group that they needed to build homes over a wetland site. The other group were frogs who were persuading the humans to build elsewhere. By the end of the discussions the frogs had persuaded the majority of students that the wetlands were a valuable habitat/environment. 

      
     

The students also played a game called crossing the pond. Students were required to work together to get from one end of the pond to the other. Hula hoops and carpet circles were used to represent lily pads.

   

Frogwatch week 1 – 14-18 October 2019  

Tadpoles are delivered! Repeat, tadpoles are delivered. This week 120 kits of tiny, swarming tadpoles were distributed to schools across Canberra, so our nation’s youngest scientists can start the exciting process of tracking the growth and development of these important amphibians.  

This week the year 1-2 students at North Ainslie Primary School have counted 8 tadpoles, and they’re around 6mm long. 

They’ve explored the habitat and the tadpoles, talked about how to care for them, what they eat, and how to measure them. They’ve brainstormed some of the issues facing tadpoles and frogs, including;  

  1. What are some of the reasons for the decline in frog population here in Canberra? 
  2. Why are frogs important to our environment? 
  3. What can we do to make a difference?






 Stay tuned for next week’s update when we’ll look at the early stage changes our tadpoles are going through.