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Fun Frogs
Lab 1 - Tails and Tadpoles

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Summary

Materials Needed

The following is a list of all the materials that are needed to complete the VEX GO Lab. These materials include student facing materials as well as teacher facilitation materials. It is recommended that you assign two students to each VEX GO Kit.

In some Labs, links to teaching resources in a slideshow format have been included. These slides can help provide context and inspiration for your students. Teachers will be guided in how to implement the slides with suggestions throughout the lab. All slides are editable, and can be projected for students or used as a teacher resource. To edit the Google Slides, make a copy into your personal Drive and edit as needed.

Other editable documents have been included to assist in implementing the Labs in a small group format. Print the worksheets as is or copy and edit those documents to suit the needs of your classroom. Example Data Collection sheet setups have been included for certain experiments as well as the original blank copy. While they offer suggestions for setup, these documents are all editable to best suit your classroom and the needs of your students.

Materials Purpose Recommendation

VEX GO Kit

Building the habitat and the models in Engage, Play Part 1 and Play Part 2.

1 kit per group

VEX GO Tile

To use as a base for the habitat build.

Assemble several together for the class habitat diorama

Pin Tool

For use in building and adapting models.

1 per group

Build Instructions

For creating the Frog models.

1 per group

Lab 1 Image Slideshow

Editable Google Slideshow, visual aids for teacher facilitation.

1 per class

Robotics Roles & Routines

Editable Google Doc for organizing group work and materials.

1 per group

Camera, iPad, or other device

For taking photos for the Field Journals.

1 per group, or 1 for class to share

Field Journal Page

Editable Google doc that can be used for Field Journal Pages.

Several pieces per group

Pencils

For completing written portion.

1 per student

Classroom Craft Materials (ie. paper, markers, pipe cleaners, small blocks, wood pieces, etc.)

For creating the habitat in the Engage section.

Shared materials for whole class usage

Engage

Begin the lab by engaging with the students.

  1. Hook

    What are some things that we know about the life of a frog? Where do they live in nature?  Have you ever seen one in real life? How do they move? Does that change in their lifetime? How/why?

  2. Leading Question

    Now, let’s think specifically about their natural environment - what kinds of natural elements are present in a frog’s habitat?

  3. Build Frog Habitats

Play

Allow students to explore the concepts introduced.

Part 1

Using the VEX GO Build Instructions, student groups will construct models of tadpoles. When they have completed their model, they will place it in the habitat and photograph it for their Field Journal. Then, they will write a description of that phase of the frog’s life cycle from either a scientific or a creative perspective.

Mid-Play Break

How did your build go? Are there any questions about the instructions? How did you describe the tadpole in your journal?

Part 2

Using the VEX GO Build Instructions, student groups will construct models of tadpoles with back legs. Upon completion, they will complete the next page of the Field Journal, as in Part 1.

Share

Allow students to discuss and display their learning.

A VEX GO character

Discussion Prompts