Make it alive: spotted tree frogs

TLF ID L6358

Investigate the stream habitat of the endangered spotted tree frog. Discover what these frogs eat in the developing stages of their life. Find enough food so the frogs develop from the tadpole stage through to adulthood. Help the tadpoles escape from predatory fish such as the introduced rainbow trout. Search for safe places in the bottom of the stream habitat where the tadpoles can shelter. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students investigate the endangered spotted tree frog.
  • Students identify factors that threaten the survival of spotted tree frogs.
  • Students identify features of an ecosystem that spotted tree frogs depend on for their survival.
Educational value
  • Highlights the threats to the survival of an endangered Australian species by using a game-based activity.
  • Provides students with images and brief texts about the spotted tree frog and its habitat.
  • Simulates the stream habitat of the spotted tree frog, including predator and competitor species, over the period of metamorphosis.
  • Provides feedback to events during the activity.
  • Supports repeated use by encouraging students to explore ways to improve the tadpoles' chances of survival.
Year level


Learning area
  • science
  • Science/Science understanding
  • Science/Science understanding
    • Science/Survival
    • Science/Ecology
    • Science/Environment
    • Science/Growth
    • Science/Habitat
    • Science/Food
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 28 Jan 2014
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    • Script writer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Pam Miskin
    • Address: Woori Yallock VIC 3139 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Lynda Matthews
    • Address: Adeliade SA 5000 Australia
    • Technical implementer
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2016-10-24
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL:
    Metadata contributors
    • Resource metadata contributed by
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence