April is National Frog Month and is a special time set aside to celebrate those little fun creatures found both in urban and rural settings all over the country. Nearly everyone has been fascinated by the development of a frog from a tadpole, listened to their croaking calls, or watched them leap in the grass or on the pond. There are so many engaging activities for students to learn about frogs. Books, movies, crafting activities, and even apps have been created for children to study frogs. Teaching students about frogs in the classroom is a very interactive lesson plan that children of all ages enjoy and can be tied to many subject areas.
Frog Activities Based on Books
There are many famous children’s books that have a frog as the main character. One of my favorite series, Frog and Toad, is a collection of easy reader short stories based on the adventures of Frog and Toad. Their traits and appearances hold true to the actual characteristics of frogs and toads. This story would be a great lead into a lesson about the differences between frogs and toads.
Jump, Frog, Jump! is a very cute picture book that involves repetition and the life cycle. Younger students appreciate the repetition and the rhyming while older student can use it at a spring board for learning more about frogs and other reptiles. Kcls.org has a document of a variety of lessons for reading this picture book.
Frog Activities Based on Movies & Television
The Princess and the Frog, a Disney movie that came out in 2009, is a popular frog movie for children. This story is a modern retelling of the Frog Prince. Lessons for this movie can include learning about frogs, crocodiles, and lightening bugs along with connections to learning about jazz and New Orleans. Scholastic has a website of plans and printables for lessons based on The Princess and the Frog.
National Geographic has an entire documentary style series of videos available on their website to learn about specific species of frogs like the Leopard Frog and the Bullfrog. The videos are short and designed for kids. There are facts sheets and links associated with each video for further exploration.
Kermit the Frog is a famous connection to frogs that kids of all ages will love to learn about. Students can make connections between Kermit and real frogs describing the similarities and differences. Students can also learn many academic-based lessons with the video clips of Kermit the Frog that are available online.
Frog Activities Based on Apps
One of the standard requirements for high school biology classes is to dissect a frog. The Easy Frog Dissection app is an educational guide that allows students to dissect a real frog by viewing real images of a frog with the various organs pinpointed and explained. This app is great for high school students to review and study or in lieu of completing an actual dissection.
Frogsaregreen.com has an online review of 5 of the top frog apps. U.S. State Amphibians can be used to find out which frogs live in your part of the country. Frog Flip can be used to study the variety of frogs based on their physical characteristics. Frog Dissection is a virtual application where students can dissect frogs. Pocket Frogs is a popular free game that students can play where they become the frog surviving through environment challenges.
Other Resources for Learning about Frogs
- Kid Activities – Frog Themed Lessons
- Harcourt School – The Life Cycle of a Frog
- eHow – Celebrating National Frog Month
- Exploratorium – Frogs (Great for middle school students)
- Grow-a-frog kits
Article By Laura Ketcham
Picture By kakissel