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Alphabet > *Letter F > F is for Frog
*Letter T > Toad

Animals > Amphibians > Endangered > Frogs and Toads

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I Can Read About Frogs and Toads

 

Arts & Crafts > Frogs and Toads > I Can Decorate a Frog & a Toad

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April > National Frog Month

Online Jigsaw Puzzles

Online stories > Frogs 

Learn all about frogs and toads at the Franklin Institute with this great online story project Something Froggy.  Click on your choice of primary version (K-3) or junior version.  Along the way are various printable resources and activities for different age levels (note some external links are broken).

Organize your frog and toad theme activities for a number of days:
1.  What is an amphibian?  Amphibians include frogs, toads and salamanders.
2.  The Frog Cycle:  the reproduction and growth development of frogs and toads 
     Preschoolers:  The frog cycle of a Red-Eyed Tree Frog
     Kindergarten to 2nd Grade: The Frog Cycle  
3.  The differences between a frog and a toad.
4.  Where does the tree frog live?  In the trees of the rainforest.  Frederick, a bull frog lives in freshwater ponds, lakes, and marshes. (Forest | Wetlands)
5.  Do an art or craft project to demonstrate:
     a. the differences between a toad and a frog by creating different textures and/or
     b. the frog cycle (metamorphosis)

Activity:  Read and discuss materials about amphibians from the online resources and books:
1.  Read online resources or book to the point to where the child is interested.  Engage the child in a related activity or craft and resume reading at a later time or on a different day.  

Here are a few suggested discussion questions:
1.  What information about frogs and toads did you like the most? 
2.  What are the main differences between a frog and a toad?
3.  What is a tadpole or pollywog?
4.  Compare and contrast the "change"  metamorphosis of frog to that of a butterfly.

Note:  From this point children ages 2 and over can participate:

Activity:  Viewing and Listening to Frogs and Toads
Younger children can enjoy just looking at frog and toad images and listening to the sounds they make.  Imitate the sounds. Visit here:
National Geographic Kids Creature Feature:
* American Bull Frog > freshwater ponds, lakes, and marshes
* Poison Dart Frog > rain forest 
* Red-Eyed Tree Frog > rain forest
* Cane Toad > grasslands

Activity: Online Jigsaw Puzzles Activity > Frog | Toad
Skills:  Problem solving skills, computer skills > using the mouse, bilingual English - Spanish

Here is an online jigsaw puzzle the children will enjoy featuring a frog on a lily pad and a toad.  The default puzzle is 6 pieces.  Click on the Change Cut button to change shape and number of pieces.

Activity:  Crafts > I Can Decorate a Frog and a Toad (coloring pages or printable crafts)

1.  This activity helps children to learn the physical differences between a frog and a toad in an simple art activity in which they can use a variety of materials and create different textures (sensory experience: smooth and bumpy) on a coloring page or printable craft.

Activity: Alphabet Printable Lesson Plan Activities for > Letter F Frog or Letter T Toad

Activity:  Read a frog theme story, poem or song
Visit the frog theme for online stories suitable for young children.  Include a selection of children's literature from your local library.

Alphabet Printable Lesson Plan Activities

Letter F Frog
or

Letter T Toad

Online jigsaw puzzles bilingual

Frog


Toad

 

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