Observing Frogs More Closely with STC Animal Studies

29th April, 2011 - Posted by Sammie Gann - 54 Comments

In the STC™ Unit Animal Studies, students explore the relationships between animals and their habitats, as well as some of the ways animal behaviorists study animals.  In lesson four, students observe their first living organism in the unit, the frog. Join Guilford County Schools fourth grade scientists as they begin their journey with STC Animal Studies.

* Students discuss what characteristics are important to study when comparing animals. They observe and record the frog’s movement, body size, shape, color, covering, eyes and other sensory organs, methods of protection, etc.

* Students discuss the purpose of scientific drawings and the elements that should be included in a drawing of the frog.

* Students work in pairs to observe, describe, and record the characteristics of the frog.

* Students discuss ways to answer questions about their frogs during class science meetings.


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May 24th, 2011 at 9:11 am    

I liked this unit because we were able to work with live animals and got to build their habitats.

Sammie Gann

May 24th, 2011 at 9:27 am    

In the unit, it looks like you were able to build three habitats. What was your favorite habitat that you built and why?


May 24th, 2011 at 4:30 pm    

I loved it and i was in the video my favorite part was when we shared our questions in the science meeting.


May 26th, 2011 at 7:38 am    

my favorite part we did with the frogs was drawing and observing the frogs.


May 26th, 2011 at 7:39 am    

My favorite part was when we built the frog habitat and when we put the frog in the habitat. It was so fun doing it.


May 26th, 2011 at 7:45 am    

I loved it when I saw the frog in the cup.
I think that Mrs.Hone’s class did a great jjob.


May 26th, 2011 at 7:49 am    

You guys did a great job. Mrs Hones class did a great job. My favorite part was building the habitat and naming them. I loved our frogs.


May 26th, 2011 at 7:51 am    

I loved the part when we built the habitats.


May 26th, 2011 at 7:54 am    

Mrs.oakes looked nice in the video. I liked when the frogs swam in cricles. Observing the frogs was fun.


May 26th, 2011 at 8:10 am    

my favorite part was when we fed the frogs and put them in the cup to investigate but my most favorite part was making the frog tank .


May 26th, 2011 at 9:08 am    

I like when we made the habitats and fed the frogs.From Jaryn L


May 26th, 2011 at 9:41 am    

i liked when we made the habitats and put all of them in a cup. from:maelyn.f


May 26th, 2011 at 10:05 am    

I really enjoyed doing about the frog habitat.


May 26th, 2011 at 10:06 am    

The crab because it was vary precise and fun.


May 26th, 2011 at 2:19 pm    

i liked doing all of the things we did but the most part was the millpede.


May 26th, 2011 at 2:20 pm    

The thing I liked the best is when we put the frogs in the cup WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART?


May 26th, 2011 at 2:23 pm    

hi I my name is Joi and I tought that the video you took was awsome .I like the part when you showed the frogs face. It was so funny.


May 26th, 2011 at 4:36 pm    

hi my name is Kristen and i thought the video was so awesome i liked looking at the frogs in the cup and doing lots of fun expirements with the frog actually in the mini cup and i liked using the magnifying glass looking at them up close and i liked how mrs.hones class was getting along in the video!:)


May 27th, 2011 at 8:00 am    

Hi my name Chika and I think Mrs.Hone’s class and Mrs.Oakes did a very GOOD job in front of the camera. I liked it when I got to see my friends in front of the camera.


May 27th, 2011 at 12:28 pm    

Wow you guys did the best job how did you do it. Mrs.Hones class did a good job. My homeroom teacher is Mrs.Oakes. You guys did a great job in the video.


May 31st, 2011 at 6:49 pm    

my favorite part was when we made the habitat for the frogs.


May 31st, 2011 at 7:01 pm    

I loved when we ha to clean out the tank for the crabs cause we got to pick it up on our hands.that’s why i love science cause we get to do stuff we dont get to do everyday!


June 1st, 2011 at 8:14 am    

Mrs.Hones class did a good job did they get nervus how many lines did they practice.

Sammie Gann

June 1st, 2011 at 8:15 am    


I am so glad that you enjoyed Animal Studies and working with the crabs. That is quite special that you were able to carry the crabs with your hands. I am enjoying watching your class so engaged and learning so much.

Kristen F

June 2nd, 2011 at 8:11 am    

Hi this is Kristen and i very much liked the crab video . My FAVORITE part of the crab unit was making the habit for our little CREATURES and another part that i liked was taking care of them and feeding them.Another part of the unit i liked was
observing our crabs.Thx for reading this

Your friend
Kristen F

jasmine h

June 2nd, 2011 at 8:58 am    

studying the frogs was my favorite part i love the frogs and i also miss all the animals


June 2nd, 2011 at 8:59 am    

i liked it when we fed all the animals


June 2nd, 2011 at 9:00 am    

I love watching them swim


June 2nd, 2011 at 9:04 am    

They have claws and my group had the last frog alive.

Salvador G

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am    

I Like The Part When We Put The Frog In Cups So We Could see Them Better


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:00 am    

i loved the frogs i get stright a in science

henry s

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:03 am    

i love the part when they put the frogs into the small cups

Garrett F

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:03 am    

I enjoyed the frogs.

chase b

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:04 am    

that video was awsome.


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:04 am    

i enjoyed this

Chance K

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am    

It was so cool to see them because this is a once in a live time thing for me I love science!!!!!!!!!!

Darius C

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:05 am    

It was so amazing i liked it a lot.I like there camoflauge skin.This is a life time for me!!!!!!!!!

Darius C

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:06 am    

It was so amazing i liked it a lot.I like there camoflauge skin!!!!!


June 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 am    

well this was awesome the frogs color was very amazing and i liked the comparing and contrasting

Darius C

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:07 am    

It was so amazing i liked it a lot.I like there camoflauge skin!!!!!

christian p

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:08 am    

i loveed when they got to talk about the frogs it was so cool i wish i was in the viedo i learned today that its ok to observe something even if its gross

Carrie M

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:09 am    

The frogs were scared when we put them the cups.But they calmed down.I miss the animals so much!!!

LeDajia H

June 2nd, 2011 at 11:10 am    

The frogs looked so cute!!It was so awesome to see them in the cup!They swim very fast!:)


June 2nd, 2011 at 1:52 pm    

I liked the part were we got to draw and observe the frogs.And when we got to watch them swim around in the cups.


June 2nd, 2011 at 2:07 pm    

That was so cool I liked doing everything
about it i really liked the crabs and the millipedes. The millipedes was hard work we had to mist an change food mist and change food every minute but they were cool.And the crabs they were awsome, one of them pinched me and I said AHAHAHAHA but I was ok.And ELI he picked it up with his bare hands he wasn’t afaid


June 2nd, 2011 at 2:12 pm    

When I was observing the frogs I saw gray dots on the frogs.It was so fun

Patrick S

June 2nd, 2011 at 2:13 pm    

Hi my name is Patrick.I loved when we was writing down stuff in our notebooks and looking at the animals.

victoria h

June 2nd, 2011 at 2:14 pm    

i loved working with this unit it was fun


Joi A

June 2nd, 2011 at 2:16 pm    

i like the part when the teacher was speaking,We learned the same thing to in our class.

chasia l

June 2nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm    

i like to learn and to see my frends learn


June 2nd, 2011 at 2:17 pm    

I think they did a good gob. It was cool waching them.

Zack A

June 2nd, 2011 at 2:18 pm    

That was amazing. My favorite part was observing the frog.

Carra G

June 3rd, 2011 at 9:12 pm    

I realy liked studying the animals.I have my own dog and haft to watch her all the time.So this realy made me practice taking care of an animal.

Sammie Gann

June 6th, 2011 at 8:43 am    


That is a good point. You really got to know three different types of animals in this unit and took such great care of them. Thanks for sharing about your dog.

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