Subject Area: Science, Language Arts
This highly informative book with vivid illustrations provides children with a wealth of information about all types of frogs and toads, how they develop, and how and where they survive.
Children will use the book All About Frogs to engage in discussions about frogs and expand their understanding of life science concepts and science vocabulary.
Write the following questions from the first page of the book on a sheet of chart paper, leaving several lines between each question:
- How many kinds of frogs are there?
- Where do frogs live?
- What do frogs eat?
- How do tadpoles change into frogs?
- How big can a frog grow?
Show the children the book All About Frogs by Jim Arnosky. Read the first page of the book to the class. Then read the questions written on the chart paper and encourage the children to answer based on their prior knowledge. Record their responses. Ask the class to listen carefully to the story to see if their answers match the information in the book. After reading the book, compare their answers with the actual information presented in the book.
Learning All About Frogs
- Chart paper
- Crayons and markers
- Drawing paper
- World map or globe
After reading the book and engaging children in a discussion about frogs, focus on a particular aspect of the book each day.
Amphibians, Toads, and Frogs
- Read the page of the book that describes an amphibian. Develop a language experience chart about amphibians.
- Then read the next two pages about frogs and toads. Encourage the children to look closely at the illustrations. Engage the children in a discussion about the differences and similarities between frogs and toads. Develop another science chart to record their comments.
- Provide the children with drawing materials and ask them to make a drawing about a toad or frog. Encourage them to write about their picture using vocabulary and information from the book. Display their drawings beside their charts.
North American Frogs
- Photocopy the page spread that illustrates the most commons frogs in North America. Use crayon or colored pencil to add color to the photocopies or make colored copies, if possible. Cut out the individual frogs.
- During group time, read the information presented in the book about North American frogs. Show the children a map or globe and assist them in locating North America. Help them to locate areas on the map that depict lakes, rivers, or swamp areas.
- Give the children the cutout frogs. Invite them to match the frogs with the pictures in the book. Together read about the frogs and ask them to locate areas on the map where the frogs might be found.
- Prepare another science chart to record information about the different North American frogs. Write the heading "North American Frogs" at the top of a sheet of chart paper. Invite the children to glue the cutout frogs onto the chart paper leaving enough space to add information about each frog. Record the name of each frog and where they are located next to each picture.
- Remind the children that all the pictures reflect the real size of an adult frog. Ask the children to use a ruler to measure the size of each frog. Include the information on the chart.
- Develop additional charts to focus on other aspects of frogs.
- Children can draw, measure, locate, and write about tree frogs.
- Prepare another chart to highlight information about a frog's body parts or compare the differences between male and female frogs.
- Photocopy the page spread that illustrates the life cycle of a frog. Cut out the illustrations depicting the different stages of development, and glue them onto small pieces of oak tag paper. Have several children work together to place the illustrations in sequence from egg to tadpole to a fully developed frog.
- Provide children with writing and drawing paper to create their own book about frogs. Invite the class to share their stories during group time, then place their books in the science area for all to share.
- Plan an outdoor adventure to find frogs or visit a local pet store, zoo, or aquarium to observe real frogs. Invite an expert to talk with the children about frogs.
Other Books About Frogs
by Susan Canizares and Daniel Moreton
Nonfiction emergent reader uses real-life photographs to highlight the life cycle of the frog.
by Laura Driscoll
Easy-to-read text and beautiful illustrations depict frogs in every shape, color, and size.
Lizards, Frogs, and Pollywogs
by Douglas Florian
Children will delight as they learn to recite these humorous poems about reptiles and amphibians.
Other Books by Jim Arnosky
Raccoons and Ripe Corn
All About Turtles
The Rattlesnakes Dance
Teaching plan written by Risa Young