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Frog Lesson Plans for Kindergarten and First Grade

Frog lesson plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learn about the life cycle of a frog and fun frog facts with these engaging lesson plans, centers, and a frog craft!

Books About Frogs

Learning about frogs is an exciting time in kindergarten and first grade! I make sure to include several frog related books – both fiction and nonfiction for my students to look at throughout our study of frogs. Here are a few good ones!

Frog Lesson Plans: Growing Frogs

Using the book, Growing Frogs, we focus on building our schema about frogs in addition to developing reading comprehension skills.

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Schema

Before sharing the book with students, we open our schema file about frogs. Students write what they already know about frogs – which is quite a lot! They are always super excited to tell you all about it.

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After reading, we compare our illustrations to those in the book. In first grade, or even second grade, you can provide students with a different response sheet where they not only write about their schema but they also write about the new information they learned.

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I had to add this image.  “I learned that male frogs ribbit to get a girlfriend”.  

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Story Retell

On the second day, we read the book again and focus on retelling the story. Using sequencing cards from the story, students place the events in order from beginning to end. The retell is great for practicing reading comprehension skills plus it shows the life cycle of a frog.

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A few more frog lesson ideas!

Throughout the rest of the week, we continue learning about frogs. We create a schema chart to show all we know about frogs.

Frog lesson plans for kindergarten and first grade. Learn about the life cycle of a frog and fun frog facts with these engaging lesson plans, centers, and a frog craft!

Students use their schema to write about frogs. 

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Frog Lesson Plans: Vocabulary

We also make sure to cover important vocabulary in our story. One of the vocabulary words we focus on is gills. 

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We talked about how tadpoles have gills because they live underwater. We learn that they lose their gills as they grow and change. We show how frogs change by completing a diagram of the frog life cycle.

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The frog lesson plans and vocabulary activities are part of our Engaging Readers unit for March. Click the link below:

If you are in need of digital frog lesson plans and activities, click this link:

Frog Lesson Plans: Centers

Our frog lesson plans don’t stop after our reading block. We continue all things frogs during our math and literacy centers.

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We work on building CVC and CVCe words with our frog puzzles.

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We practice simple addition by writing and solving equations.

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Frog center activities can be found here:

Frog Lesson Plans: Directed Drawing

I LOVE a directed drawing! These turned out super cute! Students wrote about the life cycle of a frog beneath their drawing.

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The directed drawing activity can be found here:

Frog Lesson Plans: Craft

You can’t finish up a week of frog lesson plans without throwing in a craft! These frogs are adorable!

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Frog Lesson Plans: Animal Adaptations Activity

We start with this essential question: “Why do frogs have sticky tongues?” Students have so much fun using their “sticky tongues” (party blower) to help grab their prey. Check out this video from Mrs. Pittman’s class. She asked me to put a disclaimer about her southern accent but I think she is precious!

Do you read Frog and Toad books during your study of frogs? Here is a blog post with Frog and Toad lesson ideas!

Have a toad-ally awesome day! (Although this blog post is about frogs… oh well! )

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Deedee Wills

Deedee Wills

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!

Hi, I'm DeedeE.

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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