How does a tadpole become a frog?

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Published on January 16, 2022 by

Frogs are animal athletes, with strong legs that allow them to leap out of harm’s way. These powerful limbs are the secret to their success – and incredibly, it takes baby frogs weeks and weeks to grow them!

Like butterflies, frogs undergo an amazing transformation – which is called ‘metamorphosis‘ – as they grow up. From jelly-like eggs laid in water, they grow into wriggling tadpoles, and finally grow legs suitable for the land! But how does this mesmerizing metamorphosis work? Have a look at each stage of the frog life cycle, in turn, to find out.

This video satisfies the 3-LS1-1 requirement for third-grade science proficiency.

Students who demonstrate understanding can:

3-LS1-1. Develop models to describe that organisms have unique and diverse life cycles but all have in common birth, growth, reproduction, and death.

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