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4.1. THOSE AWESOME AMPHIBIANS
(Level: 4 : 6 : 7 : 10 acad : 10 appl : 11 acad : 11 appl : 12 acad :: Ontario Amphibians)
Purpose: To recognize the habits, habitats, and geographical distributions of amphibians found in
What You Need: research material :: large map of Ontario :: paint and/or markers
What You Do:
- With the class, write an inventory of all the amphibians they know in Ontario (there are 21 in total).
- After the students have compiled a list, add the remaining amphibians not mentioned.
- Obtain or construct a large map of Ontario, labelling landmarks such as major bodies of water and
- Divide the class into working groups of 2 - 4 students. Each group will research 2 amphibians (it's a good
idea to research all 21 amphibians). Have each group devise a list of places where they can obtain research
material. Discuss as a class, the list of sources to ensure everyone knows where to obtain information.
(Suggested resources appear in the Appendix)
- When the groups have obtained their research material, they should include the following information on
- its common and scientific name (and what it means)
- its habits
- its habitat (summer and winter)
- its food requirements
- its ecological role
- Each group should include a painting or coloured sketch of the amphibians in their natural habitat.
- Using the information on the large map of Ontario, the students can devise their own range maps for each
amphibian by colouring in its geographical distribution.
- When the research, sketch, and map is completed, each group can present their research to the class, and
then the 21 amphibians can be displayed around the classroom.
- Discuss reasons why some amphibians have such a widespread geographical distribution while others have
limited geographical distributions.
- In which areas are most amphibians founds?
Click here to see the answers to these questions.
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