After reading the news articles, you might want to use them as resources for your classrooms.
Some suggested activities could be:
- Conducting a debate on whether the merits of urbanization are worth destroying the habitats of amphibians.
- Ask students to extract difficult vocabulary words from the articles and to find their meanings from www.dictionary.com.
- Write an article of 500 words or more entitled: “Amphibian conservation is essential and is everybody’s business. How far can teenagers play a part?”
- Present a speech on the endangerment of amphibians and how people can do their part to save the amphibians.
- Asking the students to create a handout about the declining populations of amphibians.
Thinking Questions for students:
Refer to thenewspaper article “Alert: Our frog friends may all croak” to answer the following below questions:
- Do you agree that the year 2008 should be designated as the international year of the frog? Why?
- Name 2 physical features of frogs and explain how this makes them vulnerable to the environment.
- How will the extinction of frogs affect us and the eco-system?
- How can certain properties of frogs help us in the field of science?
- What can you do for amphibians to save them?
Refer to the newspaper article “The 6 Cs: Six Culprits of the Curse on Amphibians” to answer the below questions:
- Where can amphibians (other than frogs alone) be found? E.g. Tropical climate
- What can the 6 Cs and what do you think are the causes of these threats?
- How does climate change affect the mating behavior of amphibians?