In this activity, students discuss the importance of observation in science. They are given the opportunity to observe an image of a native frog and record their observations.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- appreciate the importance of observation (the act of noting and recording something) rather than merely looking or seeing
- explain why good observation skills are important for scientists
- discuss important features of one of our native frogs and make inferences from their observations and background knowledge.
Download the Word file (see link below) for:
- introduction/background notes
- instructions on what you need and what to do
- discussion questions
- ideas for extending your students
- Maud Island frog image.
Read more about the importance of observation in science in these articles that look at some of the key science ideas and concepts:
The role of observation in science (has an earthworm focus)
Observation and science (water focus)
Why not use one or more of these observation activities in your class.
- Observing earthworms
- Observation: learning to see
- Observing harakeke
- Observation in science – three-level reading guide
- Titiro – observing my environment
- Determining the properties of plastic and glass