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Caller ID: The Frog - and Toad! - Mating Game

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    Association of Zoos and Aquariums

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Caller ID: The Frog - and Toad! - Mating Game

This activity is a sensory experience that recreates the sounds of a pond at night. It can serve first as an introduction to frog and toad communication and second, as a demonstration of the calling system used by frogs and toads during breeding season. During the activity, learners investigate how frogs and toads find each other by using calls, and then try to mimic this idea by using their own unique "sound pattern" to find their partner. Learners also discover that scientists can identify frogs and toads by their calls.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
    • Science as a Career

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • hear
  • be mobile

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums, 2014


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