Amazing Amphibians!

Amazing Amphibians!

Author: Meredith Borba

California Department of Education Common Core State Standards - Life Sciences (Grade Level: Third):
3. Adaptations in physical structure or behavior may improve an organism’s chance for 
survival. As a basis for understanding this concept: 
a. Students know plants and animals have structures that serve different functions in 
growth, survival, and reproduction.

Today, we are going on a learning adventure to find out more about amphibians!  You and your assigned partner will be completing a few fun activities, a few interesting quizzes, and visit some fascinating websites about amphibians.  Follow the steps below and be sure you complete every part in each of the steps below.  Remember, have fun!

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FIRST STOP: Metamorphosis

Did you know some amphibians go through changes?  Well here is a song about those changes you and your partner will learn together.  Follow this link and take notes.  You never know if the song will provide answers to the quiz questions to the right side of the page.  


Once you click the link, it will open in a new window.  Be sure to navigate back to the class page for your quiz.  

Don't forget to sing along!

Video Link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jR0EPHyo128

Source: ""Metamorphosis (Tadpole Into a Frog)" song about frog life cycle for elementary science lessons." YouTube. YouTube, 12 Mar. 2012. Web. 6 May 2014. .

SECOND STOP: Amphibians can do WHAT?

Check out how amphibians adapt to their environments.  

Click on the link below to learn more and then answer questions in the quiz on the right side of your screen.  Be sure to take notes about how resourceful some amphibians are.  We will be writing about amphibians during class time, after you and your partner complete the last stop in our learning adventure!

Do not forget, the link will open another window and navigate away from our class page.  You and your partner need to remember to return to the class page to complete the quiz questions and continue on your learning adventure! 

Video: http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/animals-pets-kids/amphibians-kids/frog-waterholding-kids/


Source: "Video -- Water-Holding Frog -- National Geographic." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 6 May 2014. .

THIRD STOP: Bill Nye: The Science Guy - Amphibians!!

This is the third stop on our amphibian adventure.
You and your partner will watch this entire video and then complete the first quiz questions to the right side of your screen.
This video contains valuable facts about the changes amphibians go through, where the name "amphibian" comes from, and about how amphibians breathe. You and your partner can take notes, pause, play-back, or play-forward the video as much as you need. Enjoy!

Source: Bill Nye the Science Guy: Amphibians. Disney Educational Productions. 1998. CaliforniaStreaming. 6 May 2014

Class Writing Activity: Field Guide Journal

Both you and your will take out your own Field Guide Journals and complete the following two activities below.  You may still work together to finish the activities, but no copying.  Express yourself in your own words

Field Guide Journal Activity 1:

Open your journals to a new page.  Do you and your partner remember the song from the FIRST STOP in our learning adventure?  Well, think back to that song.  Now, please write three sentences describing what happens during metamorphosis.  You can replay the song, watch the video for hints, and talk to your partner about how to best describe the process of metamorphosis. 


Field Guide Journal Activity 2:

Open your journals to a new page.  This part is going to require you to think like a scientist and remember part of your learning adventure with Bill Nye, the Science Guy.  Please explain why amphibian slime is so important to the amphibian.  Does it give them super powers?  Help them live?  Think about what slime does for amphibians and how it helps them.  

There is no limit on how many sentences you can write, but try to write at least three sentences.  You can even draw a diagram explaining how slime helps amphibians.  You can also replay the video for clues, review prior quiz questions, and talk to your partner about how to best describe why slime is so important to amphibians.