Do, See, Learn
- Make your own
- Heyer, W. R.
1994. "Recording frog calls." Pp. 285-287 in Measuring and
Monitoring Biological Diversity: Standard Methods for
Amphibians. W. R. Heyer, M. A. Donnelly, R. W. McDiarmid,
L. C. Hayek, and M. S. Foster, eds. Washington, D.C.:
by Andrew Skeoch
Skeoch details the equipment and techniques he uses to record
Library of Natural Sounds
at Cornell University
a lot of sounds, equipment lists, and detailed instructions for
various ways to record sounds in the wild.
- Frogs in the
- Keeping those
beasties alive is the first essential step to working with live
frogs in the classroom. The Captive
(http://www.herpindex.com/ftcare.html) contains links to
Frog & Toad care information on a number of species. The
Internet UseNet group rec.pets.herp
is a good source for asking questions of fanatic
- Animals in the
Classroom: Selection, Care, and Observations by David C.
Kramer (1989) has both suggested activities and instructions
for habitat-establishment, care, and handling.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 58 .K73
- Activities on the
- The Interactive
(http://teach.virginia.edu/go/frog/) is one of the oldest
and most famous educational Internet resources. Designed for use
by high school biology classes, it includes step-by-step
instructions for dissection; many full-color photographs; and
online movies. The dissection is one portion of the
(http://www-itg.lbl.gov/Frog/), which provides other great
resources for teacher, student, and researcher use.
- More Activities
- Activity Books
in the Exploratorium Learning Studio Resource
creature culture : algae to anoles : a collection from the
columns of Science and children National Science
Teachers Association, 1994.
Available in the Learning Studio: QH 317 .C55
VanCleave's Animals Janice VanCleave, 1993.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 52.6 .V36
Crawlies and the Scientific Method Sally Stenhouse
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 52.6 .K58
- Science in
Special Places Lucia Kemp Henry, 1989.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 756 .H46
(http://hypatia.exploratorium.edu:6611) for more
Learning about Frogs:
Science, History, Human Culture, and Current
- The Internet is an
amazing resource for learning about frogs. Searches in
(http://www.altavista.digital.com/, and Excite
(http://www.excite.com/) yield numerous resources. Search
terms to utilize include: frogs, toads, tadpoles, herpetology, and
amphibians. We've also gathered links to some useful and fun frog
websites on the Exploratorium
The Internet is one
of the best places to get current information on frog issues, such
as the worldwide decline in frog populations, and the rash of
malformed frogs. To find out what's happening with frogs in the
world today, read FrogLog
the newsletter of the Declining Amphibian Populations Task
Force of the World Conservation Union; or check out
(http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/narcam/), the North American
Reporting Center for Amphibian Malformations.
- The Exploratorium
- The Exploratorium's
is a great resource for learning more about frogs and our Frogs!
Books in the Exploratorium Learning Studio Resource
of Amphibians William E. Duellman and Linda Trueb,
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 667 .D84
Natural History of Amphibians Robert C. Stebbins and
Nathan W. Cohen, 1997.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 667 .S84
the Vanishing Frogs: An Ecological Mystery Kathryn
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 668 .E2 P53
for more resources.
& Listening to Frogs & Toads
Toads: An Unnatural History"
Mark Lewis; about 60 minutes.
Screenings at the Exploratorium Saturday 2/20/99 and
Available in the Learning Studio: coming
approximately 1-hour video documentary is a hilarious and
educational film about the cane toads of Australia.
Introduced in the 40s to control pest populations, this
"alien" species is thriving and wreaking ecological havoc.
The "toad-cam" and the musical scoring are especially
wonderful. Adults and kids 10 and up will love this. Younger
kids may not appreciate all the references and humor, but
may still get a lot out of the history and science. As with
all videos, teachers are recommended to pre-view before
showing to an audience.
- "It's a Frog's
- Oxford Scientific
Films, 1985; 50 minutes.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 668 .E2 I8 1985
Explores the nature of the frog's dependence on water and the
physiological and reproductive adaptions of frogs that live in
deserts, rain forest trees, and swift mountain streams.
Eyewitness Video Series"
- BBC Lionheart
Television, 1994; 35 minutes.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 667 .A5 1994
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Leap into the fascinating world of frogs, toads, and salamanders,
and get a close-up look at the amazing variety of colors, shapes,
and sizes in the amphibian family.
- "Reptiles and
Geographic Society, 1992; 60 minutes.
Available in the Learning Studio: QL 641 .R47x 1992
Closed-captioned for the hearing impaired.
Shows some of the characteristics of various reptiles and
amphibians such as the Komodo dragon, Galapagos tortoises, and
gigantic dinosaurs, which are shown through an animated
and Toads in Color and Sound
Lang Elliott created this website, which includes photographs and
real-audio clips of many frogs and toads. Even more are available
from him on 35mm slide and compact disc.
- Sounds of North
- Conceived, Narrated
and Documented by Charles M. Bogert.
Available in the Learning Studio: coming soon
This audio CD, originally released in 1958, presents 57 species of
frogs and toads on 92 tracks, digitally remastered. A complete
discography is available.
last updated: 4/28/99 lq/rf