Challenge Questions '97
Test your frog know-how by discussing the
following questions with your classmates.
The Top Ten List
- Why is it fun to watch frogs?
A: Because they hop around so much, are green,
and have funny expressions on their faces!! (Mark Murphy, St. Joseph's
School, Killarney, Ireland)
A: I like watching frogs because they make
me laugh and remind me of warm weather and springtime (Dan Flood,
- Are there frogs where you live? Ask your parents/teachers
if they remember frogs where they grew up. Do they remember more frogs
now or when they were younger? Why?
- Can you give any reasons why scientists believe that
frogs are getting more difficult to locate around the world?
A: Some reasons that frogs are difficult to
find are that they are dying off from the same things causing deformities,
UV light and pollution in the water. (Barbara Borer, Friends of
Frogs and Phenology Group, Valley Crossing Community School, Woodbury,
- Would you like to be a frog for a day? Describe what
you would do that day.
A: If I was a frog for a day, I would hope
around all day and eat lots of bugs. I would swim in the nice water
and make sure that I would not get eaten!! (Joseph McLean, Washington
- Deformed frogs have been found in Minnesota and in
other places. Why do you think that deformed frogs are being found?
- Why are frogs used as characters so much in books and
A: Because they are lots of fun to watch and
read about (Joseph McLean, Washington DC)
- Should we care about declining frog populations around
the world? Why or Why not?
- In recent years, some medicinal uses for frogs have
been discovered. Research one of these and tell us what you find. Also
answer this question: should we only maintain the frog populations that
can be medically useful? Defend your position.
- Why are frogs found in some types of habitats and not
in others? What are these areas and are they adequately protected?
- How does a frog attract a mate?
A: We learned that frogs make noises to attract
a mate. (Barbara Borer, Friends of Frogs and Phenology Group, Valley
Crossing Community School, Woodbury, Minnesota)