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TIME for Kids: Frogs!

TIME for Kids: Frogs

TIME for Kids: Frogs!
by the Editors of TIME for Kids with Kathryn Hoffman


 

Open-Ended Questions

When working with an informational text in the classroom, it's helpful to use a KWL chart to introduce the topic, access students' prior knowledge, and review what they have learned.

Begin by asking the students what they already know about frogs. Record this information in the "K" section of the chart.

Discuss with the students what types of things they want to learn about them. Record this in the "W" section of the chart. Knowing what the students want to learn can help you guide them through the book and focus on the information they will find most interesting.

At the very end, come back to the KWL chart. Give each student a post-it note and encourage them to write down at least one fact they learned by reading the book. When they are finished, the students can share their fact and stick the post-it in the "L" section of the chart.

 

Vocabulary Words

  • Amphibian
  • Habitat
 

Activities

A Frog's Life

From egg to tadpole to froglet to frog, and then back to egg again. A frog goes through many changes within its short life. Track the life of a frog in photographs with your students and make observations at every stage. If possible, bring in an aquarium with several tadpoles to your classroom. Have your students observe and record the tadpoles’ development in their science journals.

Pretty, But Poisonous

Many of the most brightly colored frogs are the most poisonous. Does this hold true for other species of animals as well? Discuss with your students why poisonous creatures tend to stand out so much. Brainstorm as many animals as possible, then chart the poisonous versus the non-poisonous.

 

Journal Questions

  • What are some facts that you learned about frogs?
  • Write a story describing what it would be like if you were a frog.
 

Extending Books

Slippery Slimy Baby Frogs

Slippery Slimy Baby Frogs
Written by Sandra Markle

An introduction to baby frogs from around the world.

 

 

Frogs

Frogs
by Nic Bishop

Nic Bishop's photographs show all different kinds of frogs, big ones, very tiny ones, frogs with beautiful colors of skin, and one frog you can see inside of.


Face to Face with Frogs

Face to Face with Frogs
by Mark W. Moffett

Learn about the diverse world of frogs; from metamorphosis to diet, from habitat to distinctive features.