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Frogs up close (F-2)

1 Hour
Book Program
Year Levels


Frogs are fascinating creatures, from their adaptations to their lifecycle they are a great animal for students to investigate.

Frogs need suitable land and freshwater habitats in order to survive. They have highly permeable skin that can easily absorb bacteria, chemicals and other toxins. These traits make them susceptible to changes in the environment and great indicators of the heath of their habitat.

Discover how their amazing adaptations and survival techniques have made them the most successful of all amphibians.

Prior Knowledge

Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course on Ecolinc Learn Online called Fun with Frogs before coming to Ecolinc.

Key Learning Question

How do the various adaptations help frogs survive in their environment?

Learning Intentions

In this program students will:

  • Link the different parts of a frog’s body with their functions
  • Understand that a variety of adaptations help frogs survive in their environment
  • Compare/contrast their body parts to a frog’s body parts & functions
  • Understand what it means if a frog is camouflaged
  • Learn the life cycle stages of a frog
  • Learn how they can help frogs in their local area


Students will:

  • Play “Where’s the frog?” game
  • Witness how frogs jump, swim, climb, walk and dig and how their feet have adapted to their special functions
  • View frogs eating live insects, in slow motion
  • Observe live frogs and tadpoles and identify their body parts
  • Sequence the lifecycle of a frog with a partner using picture cards
  • Play with the frog lifecycle puppet to experience the different stages of metamorphosis
  • Have the opportunity to touch a live frog and learn about some of its amazing adaptations

Victorian Curriculum

Science – Biological Sciences

  • Living things have a variety of external features and live in different places where their basic needs, including food, water and shelter, are met (VCSSU042)
  • Living things grow, change and have offspring similar to themselves (VCSSU043)

Learning Continuum

The following Learning Continuum is a guide for teachers to show the links between the programs Ecolinc offers onsite, online and through outreach. The Learning Continuum can be used to access Ecolinc resources to support the development of units of work.

Ecolinc Learn Online is an online learning management system offering interactive online courses for students and teachers. These courses can be undertaken either as a pre-visit, post-visit or stand-alone. Students are encouraged to do the pre-learning course before coming to Ecolinc for an onsite program.

Outreach programs are conducted by an Ecolinc education officer at your school. They are available to moderately disadvantaged primary schools in the Geelong, Ballarat and western suburbs areas (or within 100km radius from Bacchus Marsh)

Learn Online Pre-program:

☞ Fun with frogs


☞ Fascinating frogs


☞ Frogs up close