In this part of the lesson, students should work together in groups to answer questions about The Frog Scientist. You should assign each student group a set of questions corresponding to a particular chapter of the book (question set 1 corresponds to chapter 1, question set 2 corresponds to chapter 2, etc.). This sheet provides you with information on where you can find possible answers to the questions.
1. What is the subject of Dr. Tyrone Hayes’ research discussed in the book? Why is this research important? What types of methods are Dr. Hayes and his students using to collect specimens and what types of specimens are they collecting for their studies? (Chapter 1, The Frog Scientist)
2. How did Dr. Tyrone Hayes’ experiences as a child, teenager in high school, and college student affect his decision to become a scientist? What scientific research did Tyrone perform while in college? (Chapter 2, The Frog Scientist)
3. What problem did amphibian scientists from all over the world say was being faced by frogs, toads, salamanders, and caecilians? What were some of the causes of the problem proposed by scientists? (Chapter 3, The Frog Scientist)
4. What is atrazine used for and why is it important to know if the use of atrazine is safe to use? What type of experiments did Tyrone perform in his lab and what were the results? Were the lab experiments enough to answer his questions about atrazine? (Chapter 4, The Frog Scientist)
5. Describe the type of work Dr. Hayes’ students do in the lab. What is a hypothesis? What was Dr. Hayes’ hypothesis about atrazine and frogs? Summarize the experiment that Dr. Hayes and his students did with the frogs. (Chapter 5, The Frog Scientist)
6. How did Dr. Hayes and his students analyze the effects of atrazine on the male frogs from Dugway Pond? What type of data was collected? What did Dr. Hayes conclude after analyzing the data and how were the experiments communicated to others? (Chapter 6, The Frog Scientist)
7. If atrazine is believed to be a threat to frogs and the environment, why is it still being used in theUnited States? Is atrazine still used in other countries? Does Dr. Hayes believe that atrazine is the only problem facing frogs or are there other factors that could be affecting them? According to Dr. Hayes, is performing research enough to help save amphibians? (Chapter 7, The Frog Scientist)This teacher sheet is a part of the The Frog Scientist 1: The Mystery of Disappearing Frogs lesson.