Analysis of Educator Guide/Learning Activities

*The following activities were analyzed by our Teacher in Residence,
according to Minnesota Graduation Standards and National Science Education Standards.

Contents

Ask the Experts
The Case of the Missing Anurans
A Frog Song
Get an Attitude
Hip Hop Habitat
If the Conditions Were Right
Investigating Data
A Long Winter's Nap
Magic Words
Metamorphosis for a Change
The Mystery of the Vanishing Frogs
Observing Using Sight
Observing Using Smell
Origami Jumping Frog
Ribbit! Ribbit! Croak! Croak!
Soak it Up
Talk, Talk, Talk
What Color Am I?
What's the Big Idea?
Why Don't You Just Grow Up
Write Away
Activity: Ask the Experts
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 2-12
Page: 12
Learning Objective: Design questions to guide research on species of amphibians
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 2, 5
National Standards- A
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.1
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 3
Depth: 1, 2, 3, 4
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2
Action Orientation: 1
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity:
The Case of the Missing Anurans
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 5-8
Page: 22-32
Learning Objective: Describe environmental changes that affect anurans, hypothsize about the cause of a large change in populations
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 1, 2, 5
National Standards- 5-8: A, C; 9-12: A, E
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.1
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 2, 3
Depth: 1, 2, 3, 4
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2, 3
Action Orientation: 1, 2
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: A Frog Song
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 2-4
Page: 13-17
Learning Objective: Identify species of frogs-Write a song about frog characteristics
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- Primary and Middle: 1, 3, 6
National Standards- K-4: C
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2, 3.1
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 3
Depth: 1
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Get an Attitude
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 9-12
Page: 44
Learning Objective: Design, analyze, and present a survey
Standard Correlation: Mn Standards- 2, 5
National Standards- A, F
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 2, 3, 4
Depth: 1, 2, 3
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2, 3
Action Orientation: 1
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Hip Hop Habitat
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-4
Page: 5,6
Learning Objective: Describe amphibian habitat, list species, construct a food web
Standard Correlation:

MN Standards- 1, 2, 5, 6
National Standards- K-4: A, C

Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Acuracy:

1,3

Depth:

1, 2, 3

Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Usability:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: If the Conditions Were Right
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 6-8
Page: 38, 39
Learning Objective: Use a travel brochure to describe a species of amphibian using the five requirements
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- Middle: 1, 2, 3, 6
National Standards- 5-8: C, E
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 3
Depth: 1, 2
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

 

Activity: Investigating Data
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 5-8
Page: 33-37
Learning Objective: Interpret and analyze data using a spread sheet and bar graphs
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 2, 4, 6
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 3.1
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 2, 3
Depth: 1, 2, 3, 4
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2
Action Orientation: 2
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8
Usability: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: A Long Winter's Nap
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 3-6
Page:  
Learning Objective: Describe ways in which frogs adapt to seasonal changes
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 6
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1, 2, 3
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Magic Words
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 2-6
Page:  
Learning Objective: Write a poem about humans and frogs sharing characteristics
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 1, 3, 6
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 3
Depth: 1
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Metamorphosis for a Change
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-4
Page: 7, 8
Learning Objective: Draw life Cycle, describe metamorphosis, identify survival factors
Standard Correlation:

MN Standards- 1, 2, 3, 6
National Standards- A, C

Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1, 2, 3
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity:
The Mystery of the Vanishing Frogs
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 9-12
Page: 46-48
Learning Objective: Recognize species that are extinct of endangered, list possible causes, analyze one of the causes and present findings
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 1, 2, 5, 9
National Standards- A, B, E, F
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 2, 3
Depth: 1, 2, 3, 4
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2, 3
Action Orientation: 1, 2
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Observing Using Sight
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-6
Page:  
Learning Objective: Describe how diffusion occurs within a liquid
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 6
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.1, 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1, 2
Emphasis on Skill Building:
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 6, 7
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Observing Using Smell
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-6
Page:  
Learning Objective: Define diffusion and understand the importance to amphibian health
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 6
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.1, 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1, 2
Emphasis on Skill Building:
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Origami Jumping Frog
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-12
Page: 11
Learning Objective: Create an Origami Frog
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 1 (Literal Comprehension)
Environmental Education Standards:  
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth:
Emphasis on Skill Building:
Action Orientation:
Instuctional Soundness: 1, 2, 5, 7, 8
Usability: 2, 3, 6, 7

 

Activity: Ribbit! Ribbit! Croak! Croak!
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 7-12
Page: 42, 43
Learning Objective: Identify frog calls and create visual representations of them
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- Middle: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
National Standards- 5-8: A, B, C
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 3
Depth: 1
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Soak it Up
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-12
Page: 9, 10
Learning Objective: Define, test for, and understand the importance of permeable skin
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 5, 6 (3 in extensions)
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 3
Depth: 1, 2, 3, 4
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Talk, Talk, Talk
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 5-8
Page: 21
Learning Objective: Understand various perspectives on developing habitat, explain the value of wetlands, use research to obtain knowledge
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 2, 6
National Standards- F
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 2, 4
Depth: 1, 2, 3, 4
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2, 3
Action Orientation: 1
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7

 

Activity: What Color Am I?
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 2-6
Page:  
Learning Objective: Identify species by their coloration and describe how it contributes to survival
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 6
National Standards- C
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1, 2, 3
Emphasis on Skill Building:
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: What's the Big Idea?
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 9-12
Page: 45
Learning Objective: Understand factors involved in fieldwork and research and the areas where errors can occur
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 2, 5
National Standards- A, C, F
Environmental Education Standards: 1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.4, 3.1, 3.2, 4
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1, 2, 3, 4
Depth: 1, 2, 3
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1, 2
Action Orientation: 2
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 6, 7
Usability: 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Why Don't You Just Grow Up
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: K-5
Page: 18, 19
Learning Objective: Describe and draw the life cycle of a frog
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- Primary and Middle: 1, 3, 6
National Standards- K-4: C
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1, 2
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

 

Activity: Write Away
Return to Contents
Recommended Grade: 3-5
Page: 20
Learning Objective: Write a poem about a frog
Standard Correlation: MN Standards- 3
Environmental Education Standards: 2.2
Guidelines for Excellence  
Fairness and Accuracy: 1
Depth: 1
Emphasis on Skill Building: 1
Action Orientation:
Instructional Soundness: 1, 2, 5, 7
Usability: 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7