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Save The Frogs Day: April 26th, 2014

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Save The Frogs Day - Tips For Teachers

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Introduction

Donate To Save The FrogsSave The Frogs Day is the world's largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Save The Frogs Day is a perfect time for teachers and students to learn about amphibian extinctions and discuss ways that we can all contribute to amphibian conservation efforts. Help us spread frog awareness to the furthest reaches of the planet and give students the environmental educations they deserve: one that ensures they respect and appreciate nature and wildlife. Please get your students involved in Save The Frogs Day activities, and be creative!

If you have any type of frog-related class or event planned, please be sure to REGISTER YOUR EVENT. Inform your fellow teachers of the day, and be sure to check out the Teachers For Frogs page for more ideas. Together we can SAVE THE FROGS!

Inspiration and ideas

Hypsiboas rosenbergi - Gladiator FrogIf you are looking for Save The Frogs Day inspiration and/or ideas, you definitely want to visit the Save The Frogs Day 2009, 2010 and 2011 events webpages: they hold an enormous wealth of ideas that will help you create your own event!

General Lesson Plan

The key points that all teachers should mention in their classes this Save The Frogs Day are:

Ishiki-Dey-Frog Art(1) Frogs are the most threatened group of animals on the planet, and are rapidly going extinct. Nearly one-third of the world's 6,644 amphibian species are in danger of extinction and up to 200 species have completely disappeared in the last 30 years.

(2) Frogs are important to the ecosystem and to humans. See our Why Frogs page for more information.

(3) The primary threats to frogs are habitat destruction; pollution and pesticides; climate change; infectious diseases spread by human activity; over-harvesting for the pet and food trades; and invasive species such as introduced trout, crayfish and non-native amphibians.

(4) Students can help save frogs. Please visit our How to Help page for more information.

Dendropsophus microcephalaAll participating classes should make a Save The Frogs Day banner, and then email us a picture of all the students holding up the banner. We will be making a collection of all these photographs from around the world. Then hang the banner in your school as a permanent reminder of Save The Frogs Day and as a call to action for all of the school's students.

Need a PowerPoint?

Ranitomeya minutaWe have several PowerPoint presentations you can download or embed on your webpage. You can download mp3s of SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger giving amphibian presentations using these PowerPoints on our Audio page.

Need Info Cards?

We have some very nice 4" x 6" info cards. Be sure to ask your students to deliver them to their parents at the end of the day!

Art Teachers

Save The Frogs Art ContestGet your class involved in the SAVE THE FROGS! Art Contest. There are cash prizes and students really enjoy this!

English & Writing Teachers

Get your class involved in the SAVE THE FROGS! Poetry Contest. Have each student write a Letter to the Editor of a local, state or national paper or magazine, discussing frog extinctions and Save The Frogs Day. Or have them write their Mayor, Governor, Senator or President.

~ Almost Gone
by Brittany Belanger, Age 12

Frogs,
The pinwheel of our earth,
The binding of our book,
The balance of our world,
Almost gone.

The wheel will slowly stop turning,
The binding slowly unravel,
The balance disturbed.

Frogs,
The glue holding our ecosystem together,
Slowly beginning to fade,
Like the perfect morning,
Fading to a thick canopy of darkness.
Our world as we know it will change.

The frogs are the answer,
The key to turn the lock,
The cure to many diseases,
But they are almost gone,
What will you do?

Biology Teachers

Discuss frog biology, natural history, reasons for the current mass extinction crisis and what can be done about it. Have your students investigate and write a short summary of the amphibian species in the area. Take a field trip to search for tadpoles. If you have permits/permission, you may want to collect some NATIVE tadpoles and begin raising them with your class on Save The Frogs Day, to be released at the pond from which they were collected at a later date (be sure someone can care for them until that point!).

Frog DissectionsPerform a virtual frog dissection using the Digital Frog 2.5 computer software. Have your students write up an official statement requesting the school Principal or Board of Supervisors discontinue frog dissections in their school district: if their request gets approved, your school just might win the Race To Stop Dissections Contest! Our goal is to get frog dissections out of all USA public schools by 2014: please help make it happen!

Film Teachers

Help us promote Save The Frogs Day by having your students make a 5-minute video announcing Save The Frogs Day -- then add the video to your school's website and YouTube so lots of people learn about Save The Frogs Day. If there are any Save The Frogs Day events happening at your school, film the event and make a short documentary, then upload to the web as part of Save The Frogs Day history. Or make some short videos on amphibian extinction or interview students to see how much they know about frogs and the environment. Please be sure they upload their Save The Frogs Day videos to YouTube to get the word out about amphibian extinctions and SAVE THE FROGS!. And please send us your school's best video! See our video page for more ideas.

Save frogs - Leah KlehnPhilosophy and Ethics Teachers

Have your classes discuss the ethical implications of amphibian extinctions.

History Teachers

Discuss the history of the environmental movement.

Music Teachers

Hold a Drumming For The Frogs event on Save The Frogs Day. Or set up a Battle of the Bands benefit concert at your school that day; have the winning band take half the earnings, and donate the other half to SAVE THE FROGS!. Write frog songs, videotape them and YouTube them. Check out our musicians page too!

Physical Education Teachers

Frog jump contests. Need we say more?

Hold a fundraiser

Dendropsophus ebraccataPlease have your students hold a fundraiser for SAVE THE FROGS' amphibian conservation efforts. Students will learn valuable business skills, feel good about their accomplishments, and they will be helping Save The Frogs do what we do best: SAVE THE FROGS! Students can use donation jars, hold bake sales, talk to parents and local businesses, or even Party for the Frogs!

Free Frog LessonsGive them some reading material

Have your students read The Story of SAVE THE FROGS! and surf the savethefrogs.com website. And please download and distribute our free PDF "The Wild World of Frogs: A Self-Guided Tour".

Watch The Thin Green Line

Watch Allison Argo's excellent documentary The Thin Green Line. You can order the DVD here

Design signs for local waterbodies

Is there a local waterbody in your town that has amphibians? Probably. Here is a great group project: have the students design educational signage to place at the waterbodies of local parks. The signs should include the name of the waterbody; pictures and/or drawings of the amphibians found there (the park administer likely has this info), as well as a few lines about each species; a few lines describing the amphibian extinction crisis, the importance of amphibians, and ways people can help; and finally, be sure to mention that the sign was created by the students of your school in celebration of this year's Save The Frogs Day. Then have the students contact the local government and have their sign turned into a reality!

Build a frog pond behind your school

Frog PondWhat better way to get kids interested in frogs than to have them build a frog pond behind their school on Save The Frogs Day? Their efforts will be rewarded when they see the first clutch of eggs in the pond, and when the first tadpoles metamorphose and crawl out of the pond!

Get politically active!

All participating classes should have students write, sign and address a letter to their Mayor, Governor or one of their Congressmen, stating:

(A) Frogs are rapidly disappearing worldwide;
(B) They took part in Save The Frogs Day activities;
(C) At least one reason frogs are important; and
(D) At least one step the politician should take to help frog populations.

Don't worry, we'll be adding a form letter to this page that will make the letter-writing easy! You just have to provide your students with the names and addresses of the relevant politician(s), and then collect and mail the letters. Finally, be sure to report back to us and let us know how many letters you sent!

Have your students get the word out

Our Spread The Word page has informational flyers you and your students can post around school and town. Or have the students create their own webpage about Save The Frogs Day and amphibian extinctions.

Need funding for your Save The Frogs Day event?

Why not plan out your next year's course of action now? Classroom Earth lists a variety of funding opportunities for students and teachers. Have the class agree on a frog conservation project for the upcoming year (this should be done with input from the teacher one grade above you!). Then have them submit a funding request. Let us know about your success!

Does your class need some funds to turn your brilliant Save The Frogs Day idea into a reality? Tell us what you would do with $500 and we may help you out! Awards are available only to classes, teachers or students who have held an event in the past -- so if you are a first-time Save The Frogs Day event organizer, be sure to register your event this year so that you become eligible next year.

Please also look at our fundraising page...you can likely raise the funds necessary to hold your event (you'd be amazed how generous your friends and family and students' parents are if you ask for money for a good cause).

All teachers please do this...

Whatever you decide to do, please be sure to have fun, take photos, and REGISTER YOUR EVENT!

Save The Frogs Day 2012 Poster

In commemoration of the 4th Annual Save The Frogs Day, we present this limited edition 18x24" print featuring the fantastic photography of SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger. These posters look great at your event or on your classroom wall. All proceeds help us coordinate, promote and grow Save The Frogs Day, so please order one here. Can't afford one? If you can put it up in your classroom we'll send it to you, just ask us.

Save The Frogs Day 2012 Poster

Post this flyer

(1) Put this flyer up at your school. Just left-click on the flyer and a PDF will open in a separate window. Please email it to your fellow teachers too. Try to print them in color if possible!

Save The Frogs Day 2012 Flyer


Help get Save The Frogs Day recognized in your state

Save The Frogs Day has been officially recognized by:
- Governor Bev Perdue of North Carolina (view proclamation here)
- Governor Tim Kaine of Virginia (view proclamation here)
- Mayor Mike Rotkin of Santa Cruz (view proclamation here)
- Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, BC (view proclamation here)
- Chairman Corey Stewart of Prince William County, VA
- Mayor Harry Parrish of Manassas, VA

It's up to you to get Save The Frogs Day recognized in your city, county, state, shire, province or nation! You will be educating your politicians about amphibian extinctions, and helping ensure that their next vote is a frog-friendly one! Politicians listen to kids, and your kids will feel great when they get their politician to declare a Save The Frogs Day in their hometown or state.

Thanks for your support!

Together we can SAVE THE FROGS!