Kids are really drawn to icky things, aren't they? Well, why not use the ick factor to your advantage with a frog and toad themed week? Today, I'll share with you resources and ideas to get your started. For starters, how about checking out this themed Pinterest board.
Fun with Frog and Toads Pinterest Board
This Pinterest board has been formed to collect our planning sheets as well as other themed resources. Feel free to follow it or pin to your own collection.Follow Comprehension's board Frogs and Toads on Pinterest.
Book Suggestions for the Study of Frogs
There are so many wonderful nonfiction frog books available. I have two favorites, Frogs! by Elizabeth Carney and Frogs by Nic Bishop. The photographs in both are just phenomenal. In Frogs!, my favorite is one of the Goliath frog. My students were in shock when they read that it is the size of a rabbit. Nic Bishop is a nonfiction author and photographer. [His website] is one to check out to learn about how he has captured such great photos of the animals he writes about.
Pairing fiction with nonfiction pulls in other genres and gives teachers the opportunity to read some of those classic books that all children need to experience. You probably noticed that the Frog and Toad series take up four of the eight titles I included for fiction. Arnold Lobel is a first/second grade author that must be on all teacher's lists for author studies. Lobel has a long list of published works to choose from.
Other Reading Resources
In addition to fiction and nonfiction book options, including poetry and reader's theater are great options too. Here are a few options you might include (depending on your grade level)
Fun Activities to Explore Frogs and Toads
If you're looking for activities to use with the theme, here are a few fun freebies that accompany this week's theme and book options.
Frog and Toad Resources from Comprehension Connection
I am a fan of the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel, so this week, I will be discounting the bundle to $6.00 ($1.50 per unit). The set includes Frog and Toad Are Friends, Frog and Toad Together, Frog and Toad All Year, and Days with Frog and Toad. Each chapter of each book is done in a before/during/after style, so it is definitely a Print and Go unit that you can use with guided reading groups or partner work. A variety of activities are included to address many different comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills. Here is a preview of the four units, and you can access the link by clicking [here] or on the image to the right.
Finally, I thought I'd share a few video clips I found. The first one is only 3 minutes, but the footage is incredible. It teaches the life cycle of the frog.