Having Fun with Frogs and Toads

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?  This post will get your planning started.

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

On this board, you'll find links to life cycle lessons, frog and toad crafts, book lessons, and more.

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)
Reader's Theater, Ranita The Frog Princess  Five Green and Speckled Frogs Mini-Books  Frogs: Leap Back Home to Me Writing and Craftivity  

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 Craft Frog and Toad Craft Project  Frogs Life Cycle FREE Interactive Notebooks Life Sciences
FREE Frogs Resource Unit and Notebooking Pages *Over 140 Pages*  Frog and Toad Life Cycle PowerPoint Presentation (Amphibians)  Fiction and Nonfiction Paired Text: Frogs  (RL.3.1 and RI.

Frog and Toad Resources from Comprehension Connection

Teaching about frogs? Check out this blog post which includes lots of frog and toad themed materials for your unit. Check it out before you start planning.
I am a fan of the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel. The set includes materials for 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.

Life Cycle of a Frog



It's so fun to learn about frogs and toads. Your kids are sure to enjoy the unit with these fun resources and teaching ideas. If you want to come back to this post later, here's an image to pin. Thanks for dropping by.

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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?  This post will get your planning started.


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