Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.
After this lesson, students will be able to:
- Identify each stage of a frog's life cycle.
- Illustrate the individual life cycle stages and label with keywords.
- Write an informational paragraph that summarizes the concept of a frog's life cycle.
- 45 - 60 minutes (if extensions are used, could be incorporated in a multi-day life cycle unit)
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Describe the relationship between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text, using language that pertains to time, sequence, and cause/effect.
Use text features and search tools (e.g., key words, sidebars, hyperlinks) to locate information relevant to a given topic efficiently.
- Copies of Frog Life Cycle Lesson for Kids and the printable worksheet, one copy of each per student
- pencils and paper for students
- 5-6 sheets of poster or chart paper
- Markers or crayons
- Start the lesson by writing the word 'frog' on the board.
- With a partner, tell each other everything that you already know about frogs.
- What are some things that you would like to learn about frogs?
- Distribute copies of Frog Life Cycle Lesson for Kids to students.
- Ask students to read the first section of the lesson, 'The Double Life of a Frog', with their partner.
- Where do frogs spend the first part of their lives? The second?
- What is the name for animals who spend the first part of their lives in water, and the second part on land?
- Read the first paragraph of the lesson section 'Stages in the Life Cycle of a Frog.'
- Find a spot in the room, and pretend that it is wet or damp.
- Pretend that you are a frog, and that you are inside of an egg.
- After students have had time to act out the egg stage of a frog, read the second paragraph of the lesson section 'Stages in the Life Cycle of a Frog.'
- Now pretend that you are a tadpole. Use your flat tails to swim, but make sure that you don't jump since you do not yet have legs.
- Next, read the third paragraph of the lesson section 'Stages in the Life Cycle of a Frog.'
- Finally, you are now a frog with legs and lungs. Pretend that you are a fully grown frog.
- After students have had some fun jumping around, divide the class into five or six groups.
- Give each group a piece of poster or chart paper, markers or crayons, and pencils.
- Also give each individual student a piece of paper.
- Divide your poster paper into four equal sections.
- We need to label each section according to a frog's life cycle. What is the first stage and how should we label it?
- How will we label the second stage? What about the third stage? (If students struggle, remind them of each stage: egg, tadpole, adult frog)
- With your group, create an illustration for each of the three sections to accurately portray each stage of a frog's life cycle.
- After you finish, use the fourth section of your poster paper to write what each of these terms means: life cycle, amphibian, tadpole, metamorphosis.
- Provide time for students to complete their posters, and then ask them to take their paper and pencil and return to their seats.
- Without looking at your lesson, and without working with anyone, write one paragraph to summarize the stages of a frog's life cycle.
- After students are done writing, read the 'Lesson Summary' section. Give each student a printable worksheet and have them complete this individually as a knowledge check.
- If time permits, hang the completed posters around the classroom and let students go on a 'gallery crawl' where they can see the different illustrations of a frog's life cycle.
- Students can research the life cycles of other freshwater or saltwater animals and compare this information to what they have learned about the frog's life cycle.
- Students can use the information learned in this lesson as a springboard to further frog research, including learning about different types of frogs and where they live.
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