Frog and Toad are a childhood favorite and rite of passage. In fact, I remember reading this beloved series by Arnold Lobel when I was a child!
They’re chock full of sight words, teachable concepts like idioms, punctuation, dialogue, realism/fantasy, and more! My first graders LOVE them, and second graders love them as well! (The books actually range from 2.5 to 2.9 in AR reading levels and are included in many second grade basals.)
Not only do my kiddos LOVE reading Frog and Toad books, but they LOVE science as well. So what better way to maximize the student engagement and learning than to LINK Science and Literature combining a real life study of frogs and toads with the Frog and Toad series?
We began with a study of REAL frogs and toads. We used a combination of great nonfiction books, videos, and websites to learn as much as we could. We also read some informational reading passages I created. Then, we took a comprehension “quiz” to gauge our learning on frogs and toads.
The students also made a life cycle spinner and completed a Venn Diagram comparing frogs and toads.
Here are some fabulous nonfiction books about frogs and toads you’ll want to read. Click a title below the collage to check it out on Amazon! (affiliate links)
Frogs by Gail Gibbons
Frogs by Seymour Simon
Here are some other fabulous tools for teaching about the life cycle of frogs:
Giant Magnetic Frog Life Cycle from Learning Resources
Next, it was time for us to explore the lives of a fictional frog and toad in the Arnold Lobel Frog and Toad series.
You can have individual students complete the Frog and Toad journals or use these in your guided reading groups. They really touch on a TON of comprehension strategies and skills such as setting, problem/solution, story BME, inferring, and drawing conclusions as well as language components like idioms, parts of speech, punctuation marks, dialogue with quotation marks, and more. Each reading journal contains 1 or 2 pages per chapter in that particular Frog and Toad book. The students LOVE these and they provide great practice in a ton of necessary skills for first and second graders.
Here’s a peek at what’s in each reading journal:
No author study is complete without some fun extension activities incorporating art and snacks! Here are some of my favorites from around the web.
I love this SIMPLE yet ADORABLE paper plate frog from Glued to my Crafts Blog!
Directed drawings are one of my favorite activities. I love the benefits of directed drawing as outlined by The Proverbial Homemaker:
- Kids learn tricks, techniques, and shapes to incorporate in to their free-form art
- Kids gain confidence in their ability to create beautiful art
Have your students complete this frog directed drawing as seen on Mrs. T’s First Grade Class.
Incorporate STEAM or STEM in your frog and toad study with this origami jumping frog project. You could incorporate math as well by measuring how far each “frog” jumps. The tutorial can be found on It’s Always Autumn.
Wouldn’t these frog bookmarks be the perfect way for students to keep their place in their Frog and Toad books? Find the instructions on Easy Peasy and Fun.
And what about some fun Frog snacks? Here you go!
These Frog Pond Jello snacks are so cute and yummy. You can read about this idea on Mom Envy.
These cupcakes are easy and fun. These would be a perfect Fun Friday snack to make as a class. Find this idea on Little Family Fun.
Oh my word….these are SO EASY but YUM! Just use Swiss Cake Rolls for the logs and gummy frogs. I found this idea on Disney Family.
Are you interested in completing this Science and Literature unit with your own students? Grab this unit in my TPT shop!
Let me know how YOU incorporate Frog and Toad into your classroom. And be sure to pin this post!