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EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES FOR AMPHIBIAN STUDIES

Table 1. Programs
Table 2. Books
Table 3. Videos

Table 1. Programs

Grade Level Resource & Contact Information
K - 12

Adopt-A-Watershed - An integrated K-12 curriculum which uses a local watershed as a living laboratory for students. Studies include: tree identification and planting, soil, animals, fish, ecosystem concept, etc. Grade 3 includes stream-side amphibian studies.
    P.O. Box 356, Hayfork, CA 96041, (916)-628-5334

K - 12, college Cal Alive! An Ecological Journey Through the State - A CD-ROM based program focusing on various aspects of California's biodiversity. Has different programs for different age levels. Includes animation, video photographs, tutorials, games, and skill testing questions.
    California Institute Biodiversity, 11 Embarcadero West, Suite 120 Oakland, CA 94607 (510)-444-6629
K - 12, college Environmental Media Corporation - A clearing house for books, videos, and CD-ROM programs for environmental education.
    P.O. Box 99 Beaufort, SC 29901-0099 (800)-368-3382
K - 12 Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) - Curriculum for the study of math and science that integrates other disciplines such as literature. "Frog Math" is designed for K-2 level and uses the book series "Frog and Toad are Friends" to help with early math concepts.
    Lawrence Hall of Science Berkeley, CA (510)-642-7282
K - 12, college? Kids in Creeks & Kids in Marshes: Exploration and Restoration Programs - These programs are available to teachers in the San Francisco Bay Area and provide workshops and educational materials to promote awareness of pollution, aquatic habitats, fish and wildlife. Emphasis is placed on local waterways and teachers are provided with information about the watershed in which their school resides.
    Aquatic Outreach Institute, 1327 South 46th Street #155, Richmond, CA, 94804 (510) 231-5655
K - 12 The Oxford Institute for Environmental Education - Offers short-term training in terrestrial and aquatic ecology for elementary through secondary school teachers.
    Oxford College of Emory University, 100 Hamill Street, Oxford, Georgia 30054 770-784-8888
K - 12 Project WET (Water Education for Teachers) - This program, which is active in all 50 states, provides a collection of over 90 water resource activities through classroom teaching aids and teacher workshops.
    Project WET USA, 201 Culbertson Hall, Montana State University, Bozeman, MT 59717 406-994-5392
K - 12 Project WILD - An interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program, emphasizing wildlife. It consists of supplementary curriculum materials that are provided to educators through workshops.
    Calif. Dept of Fish and Game Project WILD Office, 1416 Ninth Street, Sacramento, CA 95814, (916)-653-3857
7 - 12, college Amphibians as Bio-Indicators Teaching Unit - This unit consists of quality color slides of all amphibian species in the United States along with information on each species. Sets are currently available for 36 states.
    Kansas Heritage Photography, 840 S.W. 97th St., Wakarusa, KS 66546, (913)-836-2119
6 - 12 GREEN (Global Rivers Environmental Education Network) - A comprehensive environmental education program addressing watershed sustainability, water quality, and stream and river ecology.
    721 E. Huron St. Ann Arbor, MI 48104, (313)-761-8142, (313)-761-4951
K - 6 A Child's Place In the Environment - A series of curriculum guides that provide elementary school teachers with an interdisciplinary environmental education program. Five units have been developed, and a sixth is on the way.
    California Dept. of Education, Bureau of Publications, Sales P.O. Box 271, Sacramento, CA, 95812-0271 (800)-995-4099
Table 2. Books
K - 8
Educational Coloring Books and Mazes: Reptiles, Poisonous Snakes, Turtles - Mid- 1980's, Spizzim Publishing Company, Inc., Rapid City, South Dakota.
K - 6 Zoobooks: Turtles, Snakes, more? - Early 1990's, Wildlife Education Ltd., San Diego, California.
K - 4 The Salamander Room - Anne Mazer, 1991, Dragonfly Books, Alfred A. Knopf, New York.
K - 3 Frog and Toad are Friends (series) - Arnold Lobell, 1970, Harper and Row, New York. A learning to read series.
K - 3 The Frog - Angela Royston, 1989, Ideals Children's Books, Nashville, Tennessee. Basic biology and ecology of frogs.
K - 3 The Frog Alphabet Book - Jerry Pallotta, 1990, Charlesbridge, Watertown, Massachusetts. Learning the alphabet with beautiful pictures of frogs from around the world.
K - 3 Its Mine! - Leo Lionni, 1985, Alfred K. Knopf, New York. A lesson in sharing using the story of three frogs that fight over a pond until a storm hits and they must cooperate to survive.
2 - 5 What is a Reptile? - Robert Snedden, 19??, Sierra Club Books Good introduction to this group of animals, many color photographs. (800)-935-1056
2 - 5 What is an Amphibian? - Robert Snedden, 19??, Sierra Club Books Good introduction to this group of animals, many color photographs. (800)-935-1056
??? Salamanders - Emery and Durga Bernhard, 1995, Holiday House, New York. Great drawings!
??? A Frog's Body - Joanna Cole, 1980, William Morrow and Company, New York.
??? Frogs: See How They Grow - Kim Taylor and Jane Burton, 1991, Lodestar Books, Dutton, New York.
??? The Hidden Life of the Pond - David Schwartz, 1986, Crown Publishers, New York.
??? How to Hide a Gray Tree Frog - Ruth Heller, 1986, Grosset and Dunlap, New York.
??? The Audubon Society Pocket Guides: Familiar Reptiles and Amphibians - John L. Behler, 1988, Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., New York.
Table 3. Videos
4 - 12, college Toadskin Spell - A 1-hour Nature show about the properties of frog and toad skins that aid in their survival. Includes a mixture mythology and science.
Nature - Thirteen/WNET, 356 W 58th St., New York, NY 10019, (212)-560-2000 or (800)-336-1917

Updated: March 25, 2006

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