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Amazing Amphibians
Texas Parks & Wildlife Magazine, May 2010

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Suggested Topics: adaptations, classifications, systems, habitat, environment

Related 4th Grade TEKS:

Social Studies:
4.9 A, B, C - Geography : Humans Adapt to and Modify their Environment
4.22 A, B - Social Studies Skills : Use Critical Thinking to Organize and Use Information from a Variety of Sources
4.23 B, D - Social Studies Skills : Communicates in Written, Oral and Visual Forms
4.24 B - Social Studies Skills : Problem Solving and Decision Making
4.3 D - Number, Operations and Quantitative Reasoning : Addition and Subtraction
4.13 A - Probability and Statistics : Solve Problems by Collecting, Organizing, Displaying and Inerpreting Data
4.15 A, B - Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools : Communicates about Math
4.16 A, B - Underlying Processes and Mathematical Tools : Uses Logical Reasoning
English /Language Arts:
4.2 A - Reading/Vocabulary Development
4.11 A - Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Expository Text
4.13 A, B - Reading/Comprehension of Informational Text/Procedural Texts
4.15 B - Writing/Writing Process; compose text<
4.16 B - Writing/Literary Texts; compose text
4.18 A - Writing/Expository and Procedural Texts; compose text
4.23 A - Research/Research Plan
4.24 A, C - Research/Gathering Sources
4.26 - Research/Organizing and Presenting Ideas.
4.27 A - Listening and Speaking/Listening
4.29 - Listening and Speaking/Teamwork
4.9 A, B - Organisms and environments; interactions and needs
4.10 A - Organisms and environments; adaptations and survival

Discussion Questions


Additional Resources:

Teacher Guides
National Geographic Young Explorer Teacher's Guide "Explore a Wetland"
National Geographic Explorer Teacher's Guide "Fantastic Frogs"
Tadpole transformation:
British Ecological Society - Amphibian adaptations at
Videos on Frog Life Cycles
Species Guides
TPWD Texas Amphibian Watch guide to Frogs and Toads Found in Texas
eNature Field Guide

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