Frog and Toad Teaching Ideas for the Primary Classroom

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.

Great Books for a Frog and Toad Theme

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.

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.

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.

I am a fan of the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel. Each chapter of these units 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.  You can learn more by clicking [here] or on the image below.

Other Reading Resources for a Frog and Toad Theme

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):

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?  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?  This post will get your planning started.

Favorite Frog and Toad Activities on Pinterest

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

Free Activities for Exploring 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.

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?  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?  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?  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?  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?  This post will get your planning started.

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

Teaching Nonfiction Text Structures with Frogs!

10 Plus Ideas for Teaching with a Butterfly Theme

Celebrating Nature with Leo Lionni

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.