Frog Fact non-fiction books are the best way to start little mini reports. List the frog facts on a giant green butcher paper frog you cut out before school. As kids hear a fact from the book have them show a thumbs up. When the page is done write 1 fact from a child with quotation marks on it "said Tommy. Not only will they love seeing their name in print, they will learn how to do "66 and 99 the talking marks. All my students can do them.
|Frog Fiction Books...great to add to non fiction work...|
Then watch a video of the frog life cycle. Read the 2 books of non fiction. Then have the students make individual life cycles. A free printable link from teacher vision is HERE. Or another one with more science terms is HERE. Add one more page in the life cycle book for "froggy facts" in the same shape and add lines to it for writing. Whatever you do, keep a copy for next year's class! Link HERE at infovisual for an animation of a frog's life cycle.
|Frog Life Cycle Book|
|Frog art projects...|
Make a list of the vocabulary words and have kids come up with definitions to go in a pocket chart for a center. Kids can mix up the words with the word strip definitions and put them back in the correct order again. My students do this after lunch a couple of times a week and they all get 100% on vocabulary tests we add to the spelling test each week. I usually give them 4 to 5 vocabulary words a week relating to the science or social studies for the week.
|Frog poems Frog facts|
A fun Frog and Toad game that a fellow blogger came up with can be found HERE at First Grade a la Carte Blog. Another fun math game with theme of frogs can be found at
|Finished Art Project.....Frog Puppets!|
MATH: Read the story Frog and Toad are Friends. Do a button activity with the students where they will figure out which button Frog lost. Give each table a zip lock bag with these buttons inside. One white, one 2 holed, one round, one large. The lesson plan link isfound HERE. It is on the Illuminations website. My students always love it. A website on frogs is HERE. It is called frogland.
Then give each table a cup of buttons and a bulls eye board. They are to follow your directions as you read them. (a bulls eye poster is just 5 concentric rings each smaller than the one surrounding it). A bullseye board link and lesson plan is HERE. I tell them to sort all the white, round buttons and place on 2nd ring. Colored buttons stay on the outside ring. Then out of those move any 2 holed white buttons to the 3rd ring. Then move any 4 holed white buttons to the 4th ring. 5th ring will be the smallest button from the 4th ring. The kids enjoy sorting AND looking for attributes.
Another fun one from this site is "Bears in a Cave" only I use plastic "frogs" I ordered that come on logs of 10, and I use them with cups which become the" froggy forts" Kids can learn missing addend really well this way. The link to the frogs math game is HERE. They are from Lakeshore Learning.
|Frog poems frog facts|
Then do a Venn Diagram activity using the buttons. Pass out cards to each table that say 2 holed, red, or shank, white, or blue, 4 holed, or textured, black etc. A wonderful link to the lesson plans and blackline masters to these games is HERE. It's from UEN website. Have kids figure out what goes in the middle if the 2 descriptors for buttons go on either side of the Venn. This is a great activity for emphasizing logic in math through Attributes. Kids love sorting your buttons too. In the past I've had kids wear and bring donations of buttons in and we count them in groups of 10 each day. That's a great way to get a good button collection too.
MATH: Another activity to do is make frog flip overs. They are fun for the kids to make and use to memorize their math facts. HERE is a tutorial on making Frog addition flip overs. It's a very cool project for addition practice. Check out 5 Little Speckled Frogs post for some more ideas and for some cute songs.