Friday, August 27, 2010

Frog, Toad and Tadpole Nature Study

This week we have been reading up on frogs, toads and tadpoles in "The Handbook of Nature Study". We enjoyed listening to various frog calls and we learned some amazing new things about these creatures. What fascinated me most was the fact that a tadpoles outer gills disappear, leaving a hole on the left side. Water passes through this hole as the tadpole breathes and finally the left front leg pushes out through that very same spot!

The children quietly coloured their life cycle pages as I read to them.

Our study culminated with a visit to a nearby river with our Nature Club today. Our Nature Club numbers have swelled and it was delightful to see all the children happily hunting for tadpoles. There were squeals and shrieks as they caught them.

K found herself a quiet spot and carefully caught her tadpoles, gathered mud, water plants and water.

The children found more tadpoles in the muddy puddles far from the river. Perhaps our noise frightened the frogs away as we didn't see any today.

K carefully set up her tadpole aquarium at home and hopes to raise them until they grow into frogs.

We saw this sign up in a nearby neighbourhood , warning motorists to be careful of the endangered Western Leopard Toads.

Once home, the children documented their outing for their nature notebooks.

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