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15 Fun Frog and Toad Book Activities, Lesson Plans, & Ideas

15 Fun Frog and Toad Book Activities, Lesson Plans, and Ideas! Do your students love Frog and Toad? Check out these reading comprehension activities plus math and literacy centers.

Frog and Toad Book Activities

Frog and Toad are some of my favorite characters from Arnold Lobel.  The book follows the adventures of two best friends, Frog and Toad. I love the quiet way these two friends support each other. The book highlights themes of friendship, kindness, and everyday challenges that young readers really connect with. In kindergarten, utilizing activities inspired by this book can not only enhance literacy skills but it is also a great way to promote social-emotional development in children.  

In this blog post, I will share various activities that work well for the primary grades.  In kindergarten, these short stories can be read by the teacher.  In 1st grade or 2nd grade, the students can do decoding in addition to working on their reading comprehension skills.

Frog and Toad Lesson Plans: Reading Comprehension

I loved reading these books to my kindergarten class! And I think they loved it even more than I did!  We use these book companion activities as part of close reading.  This means we return to the characters and stories multiple times.  Then, engage in a few post-reading activities. 

There are four books in Arnold Lobel’s Frog and Toad collection.  They are:

  • Frog and Toad are Friends
  • Frog and Toad Together
  • Frog and Toad All Year
  • Days with Frog and Toad

You can find a collection of all four books on Amazon HERE.

#1 Frog and Toad Are Friends Video

You, of course, don’t have to read all of them. However, you may do so if your students have anything to do with it! The first book, Frog and Toad are Friends, is a great one. Check it out on YouTube here:

#2 Frog and Toad Character Analysis

The Frog and Toad books are great for focusing on characters! Let’s chat about Frog and Toad, two of our favorite characters! When we look closely at what characters do and how they act, it’s like playing detective.

We can guess how they’re feeling and why they do the things they do. It’s not just fun; it also helps us understand and care about others’ feelings, like stepping into someone else’s shoes. What do you think Frog and Toad might be feeling in their adventures? 

So, that is just what we did. First, we completed a Frog and Toad character chart during whole-group instruction.  

After completing the chart with your students, have them complete their own character traits response page. These graphic organizers help support early readers and writers.  They are also supportive for English language learners.  We know students can make their meanings known through illustrations.

#3 Making Connections with Frog and Toad 

Making connections is like finding little pieces of ourselves in the stories we read. When kids connect the dots between their lives and the tales in picture books, it makes reading more relatable and fun. This personal touch sparks their interest, making it easier for them to understand and remember the story.

It’s a simple way to bring stories to life and enhance reading comprehension! I was certain to include making connections in this set of printable activities. 

#4 Story Retelling with Frog and Toad

Another effective activity to reinforce comprehension is having children retell the stories of Frog and Toad in their own words. This activity helps assess their understanding for the story events.  It also strengthens language skills when students discuss the story events with their partner.  This teacher resource can be used in a small group lesson or as part of your read-aloud activities.

#5 Letter Writing and #6 List Making with Frog and Toad

Young children love writing letters to their classmates.  So, just like the characters in the book, students can practice writing letters to a friend.  Partnering with another classroom or grade level is a fun way to engage all students.

We also worked on making lists. This is also a fun activity for small children as they can use drawings to make their meaning understood. 

#7 Frog and Load Claymation video

There are also some cute claymation videos on YouTube.  I remember loving claymation when I was little!!!  Here is one I think your students will enjoy!

#8 Frog or a Toad Video

You can add an informational text and or watch this video. This great science video explains the differences between frogs and toads.

Frog and Toad Lesson Plans: Math and Literacy Centers

In addition to increasing students’ comprehension skills, there are also math and literacy centers for independent work.  Each center comes with an “I Can” card to support students as they independently work on the center activity. There are ten different activities included!

Frog and Toad Literacy Centers

Here are a few of the literacy centers included in these little lessons. 

#9 Toad-ally Good Blends Center

Students spin the spinner and look at the picture.  Then, they write the beginning blend.

#10 Listen for the Mail Write the Room

Students love completing write the room activities.  The cards can be placed on the walls of your classroom or tabletops! This activity is for listening for long vowel sounds. Can you see the little misconception in the response below?

#11 Roll and Color Sight Word Sheet

First, students roll the cube and read the word.  Next, they color the words they have read on their response pages.

#12 Frog and Toad Game – The Garden

For this game, students practice adding the silent e and deciding if the word is real or silly. Can you see the little wand they place at the end of the word?  

Frog and Toad Math Centers

There are five different math learning fun activities in this download as well.

#13 Frog and Toad Math Addition Game

Bump is a fun game structure that I like to include in many resources.  This game asks students to roll two die and add the numbers together.  You can differentiate this skill by providing different dice for different students.  Some may have dot dice where they can could the dots if they need to.  Other students may be ready for dice with numerals on them!

#14 Frog and Toad’s Best Cookie EVER Math Center

In this activity, students are sorting the cookies by their sum.  This is a perfect way to practice addition skills without flash cards (boring!)

#15 Frog and Toad’s Lost Button Pattern Activity

Our brains love patterns.  Although this is listed as a math activity, reading is about recognizing familiar patterns. And they love creating these pattern books!

Frog and Toad Book Activities

Using these Frog and Toad books in the classroom is like hitting the jackpot for learning. It’s not just about reading, it’s an opportunity to explore our world in terms of thinking, feeling, and getting along with others. Incorporating these favorite books across the subject areas of reading, writing, and math is a fantastic way to add the special sauce to your own lessons.

You can find all of these literature response activities  and centers by clicking:

15 Fun Frog and Toad Book Activities, Lesson Plans, and Ideas! Do your students love Frog and Toad? Check out these reading comprehension activities plus math and literacy centers.

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My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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My teaching career allowed me to experience teaching in different classroom environments and grades. My heart belongs to early childhood education. My job is to make teaching FUN, ENGAGING, and EASIER. Welcome!

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  1. Can you please tell me where you purchased the cloth dice with interchangeable cards? I can’t seem to find them anywhere.

  2. Thank you for sharing! Love the way to turn every interesting things to lesson for kids.

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