Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Frogs and Toads: Free Resources and Activities

Do you know the differences between Frogs and Toads? Did you know that Toads walk because of their short hind legs? I learned a lot about Frogs and Toads when I was researching my unit on Frogs and Toads. Many of your students read the Frog and Toad series by Arnold Lobel so why not add a non-fiction unit and   compare fictional frogs and toads to real ones. Here is a great picture book to teach the life cycle of a frog.I found quite a long list of Non-fiction books at Amazon which you can access by clicking on the picture below.
At National Geographic I found a lot of great short videos about frogs, toads and other amphibians that I'm sure your students will enjoy. I love using videos to get students motivated about a new unit. Just click on the picture below to check them out.
Would you believe that there is a Frog Blog?  Your students may enjoy all the great pictures and information about frogs like the picture below. You can read more by clicking on the picture below.
I also found another fun website called Frogland which has some great resources like Weird Frog Facts which you can explore by clicking HERE.

One of my first products that I created was called "Leaping with Frogs and Toads". 2012 was a leap year so the original product had a reading text about Leap Year. I have learned so much about creating materials and revised it leaving out the Leap Year materials and then I just revised it again in April of 2014. I have added 15 new pages to the 2nd edition.  Believe it or not I have just made a 2015 revision. You can now download the Preview to see sample pages of all the differentiated reading texts and writing activities as well as other activities in this packet. Just click on the image below to check it out.
Just click on either picture above and you can read the full description and when you download the Preview file you will get a free activity.

I have put together a free packet called Compare and Contrast Real and Fictional Frogs and Toads. It has 2 Compare and Contrast Venn diagrams and Writing Paper. Comparing and Contrasting 2 Books is also an ELA CCSS.
 You can download this freebie by clicking on the image below.
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  1. I never knew that about toads!!! It is amazing the things you learn when you start doing research for something. I feel like I am learning more now that I am a teacher than I ever did as a kids myself. Your frog and toad stuff is great Arlene :)

    My (Not So) Elementary Life

  2. When we read Frog and Toad, I always tell the kids that and point out that in the book Toad is much shorter than Frog bewcause his legs are shorter. I guess Arnold Lobel knew it too! ;P

    Your uni looks terrific!
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  3. Glad you linked up on Manic Mondays! I love your FREEBIE!
    Susan morrow

    Keep 'em Thinking!