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Frog Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Frogs are such interesting animals. There is so much to learn about them! In this lesson plan, you can teach your students about the aquatic frog's lifespan, mating habits, and habitat.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Understand and analyze the habitat, mating and lifespan of aquatic frogs
  • Work in teams to develop a presentation about aquatic frogs

Length

60-70 minutes

Curriculum Standards

3-LS4-2 Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

Use evidence to construct an explanation for how the variations in characteristics among individuals of the same species may provide advantages in surviving, finding mates, and reproducing.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.1

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Materials

  • Access to the related lesson: Aquatic Frogs: Lifespan, Mating & Habitat
  • Access to the lesson Quiz
  • Lightly colored construction paper for each student (yellow, light blue, white, pale gray, etc.)
  • Computer and printer access for students
  • Art supplies such as poster board, construction paper, glue, scissors, and markers

Instructions

  • Begin by reading the introduction to the lesson and asking students to share what they already know about aquatic frogs, allowing a few minutes for discussion.
  • Read through the lesson as a group. Stop occasionally to discuss and highlight vocabulary and information that may be of special interest to the group. Consider using the following discussion prompts:
    • Why are aquatic frogs called ''aquatic?''
    • Why do aquatic frogs need to live in shallow waters?
    • Describe the aquatic frog's habitat.
    • How do aquatic frogs reproduce?
    • What is one thing you learned about frogs in this lesson that you hadn't known before?
  • Next, guide students through a note-taking activity.
    • Hand each student a piece of lightly colored construction paper.
    • Instruct students to fold their papers in half like a card or book.
    • Ask students to write a title on the cover: ''Aquatic Frogs''
    • Inside, have students label the two pages ''Interesting Facts'' and ''Vocabulary''
    • Using the related lesson, allow several minutes for students to complete their notes and/or draw illustrations to add interest.

Check for Understanding

  • To check for understanding, administer the Quiz.
  • Review answers to the quiz as a class.

Activity

To reinforce learning, guide students through the following group activity.

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