AudienceSecondary school, Primary school
Curriculum areaScience (Biology), Science and technology
Resource typeLearning Journey
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Learning Journeys offer a scaffolded approach to exploring a topic both in the classroom and excursions. Follow our learning journey to deepen your students’ knowledge and understanding of Australian frogs, their habitats and how the citizen science FrogID project is growing a database of biodiversity records and audio recordings that is an unparalleled information resource on Australia’s frogs.
Australia has over 240 known species of frog, almost all of which are found nowhere else in the world. Some species are flourishing, like the Striped Marsh Frog. But others have declined dramatically since the 1980s, and four have become extinct. FrogID is helping us learn more about what is happening to Australia’s frogs. All around the country, people are recording frog calls with nothing more than a smartphone.
FrogID is Australia’s first national frog identification project, created by the Australian Museum. It is a citizen science project that enables registered users to submit audio recordings, these are then identified, and the user is notified of what species of frog they recorded. The FrogID app also captures date, time and location data that informs Australian Museum research on frog distribution and breeding behaviour.
Through this learning journey students will:
- Be able to name some Australian frogs and identify species from their calls.
- Identify and describe suitable frog habitats.
- Identify frog adaptations and explain how they help them to survive and reproduce.
- Develop their digital and communication skills.
Prepare your students
What’s the difference between a vertebrate and an invertebrate? Which vertebrate animal group do frogs belong? What features does this group have? Can you name the other groups of animals and their defining features?
Do you know what types of frogs live in your home, backyard, school yard, or local park? Have you ever heard a frog call? Or was it an insect, a bird or even a motorbike?
Resource idea! Sharing a collection of frog, bird and insect calls. Get the class to try and identify which call is from a frog. This could be a video similar to the FrogID promo video or an online resource in which students do a ‘frog/not a frog’ quiz after listening to some short recordings.
A Museum in a Box about frogs is the ideal resource to enrich your students learning experience before they embark on their field day. Museum in a Box is an exciting outreach program for educational institutions across Australia. There are over 30 different boxes containing real museum specimens, casts, artifacts, dioramas, images, digital resources, books and teachers notes.
Museum in a Box is available for set three-week loan periods and can be sent to any educational institution across Australia. Find out what's in the Frog box!
Download the FrogID app and learn how to use it
Download the FrogID app, iOS app or Android app and create an account. Become familiar with the different features of the app, such as how to make a recording, take a photo and add notes about the habitat where you hear a frog, and how to submit your call to the Australian Museum. You can also become an audio DNA expert by listening to the calls submitted by researchers and other participants - each species has a unique call.
You are now a FrogID expert. It’s time to record some calls on your field trip
Video conference with Dr Jodi Rowley
A special opportunity to learn from the expert in using citizen science to grow Australia's biggest data set about frogs. Dr Jodi Rowley is a biologist with a focus on amphibian diversity, ecology and conservation, and a passion for communicating biodiversity conservation. Discover the "Meet an expert" session.
Visit local frog habitats and use the FrogID App to record frog calls
Before you head out to use the FrogID app - make sure everyone has set up a FrogID account and installed the app on their smartphones. There are two ways to set up an account, either in the profile section of the FrogID app or at the login page on the website (https://www.frogid.net.au/login). Once you have an account you are free to contribute frog calls as often as you like.
Get out in the field to discover different frogs and their diverse habitats, remember to wash your shoes between sites, and be careful where you tread. Male frogs call to attract females of their own species to breed, and frogs prefer to breed near water – streams, ponds, dams, wetlands are all good places to start.
We recommend that your students mainly work in small groups however how you implement and manage the activities is up to you.
Record the frog calls you hear in the field with the FrogID app, and submit them to Australia's first national frog count. Our experts will validate the frog calls ASAP.
Back at school
Further frog investigation
As a class, discuss the frogs they heard during the field trip. Do some further research about these frogs by looking at the online factsheets of frogs for any species that were heard and validated by the experts. Each group could present their field trip and additional facts about their frogs as a Powerpoint show to the rest of the class.
Make a video using images and footage from the field trip and submit it to Sleek Geeks Eureka awards (theme dependent)
Visit the FrogID website
There’s no way scientists can count Australia’s frogs on their own. The country’s too big and there’s too many frogs! That’s where you come in. With FrogID, citizen scientists just like you can help us put frogs on the map!Get involved now!