Frog Call Monitoring
Volunteers around Iowa are collecting frog call data from a variety of species.
Possible Guiding, Compelling and/or Anchoring Questions
- What could be causing the decline of amphibians in Iowa?
- What information does the frog call monitoring give us?
- What can be done to prevent the decline of amphibians?
- Recall a situation where they have heard the sounds of frogs, also ask if they are familiar with the frog calling program.
- Discuss as a class the types of data that the frog monitors were collecting.
- Brainstorm in pairs why it would be important to collect the different types of data from different locations in Iowa.
- Read an article or case study about another type of amphibian or reptile (turtles) and its decline in Iowa.
- Create a diagram of the potential effects this might have on an ecosystem with the decline on the frog population.
- Research potential causes of frog population decline in Iowa.
- Create a poster, presentation, podcast, brochure or video to highlight their research and a plan to mitigate the effects of humans that could be causing the frog population decline.
- Amphibians and Reptiles of Iowa: Frogs and Toads: Frog and toad species living in the state.
- Iowa Public Radio: Study Is First to Chart Amphibian Populations’ Decline in the U.S.: Gives specific data on the rate of decline of amphibians overtime in the United States.
- Des Moines Register: Demand for Meat Threatens Iowa’s Wild Turtles: Shows how human actions of harvesting turtle meat for Asian countries have impacted Iowa’s turtles.
Iowa Core Alignment
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Submitted by Dan Voss and Madison Beeler as part of their Iowa STEM Teacher Externship experience at Iowa PBS.