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Build a Classroom Frog Pond

Down by the Frog Pond

Frog Pond Observation

Frog Pond Observation

Build a Frog Pond

When you are trying to learn about frogs there is nothing that can beat having your own backyard frog pond. Teaching about frogs and pond life I found that daily trips to the frog pond offer opportunities for children to observe frogs in all their stages from eggs to tadpoles to frogs.

That experience creates eager learners who strive to read and write better so that they can tell others of their experiences. Contemplating the numbers of insects needed to feed the frogs, the area of the pond and how much water it contains as well as calculating the number of frogs that will develop from the quantity of eggs laid in the pond offers incentive to learn mathematical concepts.

Come create a frog pond and create an ideal learning environment...

Why build a classroom frog pond?

Frog Pond

Frog Pond

There is nothing like taking a trip to the frog pond to spark interest in learning. Wherever you look there are living creatures flying, swimming and crawling. Look closely. Take lots of pictures and record your findings.

Make sure to draw pictures of your discoveries as well. Often the drawings you do will give a better feeling of the frogs, tadpoles and other creatures that you find than a photograph will and sometimes you might miss the photo opportunity while you can always draw from your memory.

Nothing replaces having a frog pond in your yard for inspiring interest in a Frog Unit Study.

Frog ponds can be built inexpensively and maintenance need not be time consuming.

Children will learn best if they are completely involved in the process of helping to create the pond.

All aspects of the curriculum can benefit and be enhanced by building a frog pond.

How to Build a Frog Pond - Guide to Building Your Own Frog Pond

With a large project such as building a frog pond you may not want to rely on trial and error. This guidebook has step by step instructions to help you build your pond.

How to build the perfect pond:

Set this video up in your classroom theater. A picture is worth a thousand words but a video must be worth a billion.

The Living Pond - Frogs in the Living Pond

The Living Pond

Taking a fascinating look at plants, insects, frogs, toads and bird-life, 'The Living Pond' examines the habitat that is a thriving pond community.

Creating a Living Pond - Suggested Books on Creating a Living Pond

Building a Classroom Pond Almost for Free.

Inexpensive Frog Pond

Frog ponds can be built inexpensively and maintenance need not be time consuming, important points when you wish to construct a pond on school grounds. With the help of adults, children can help in each aspect of designing, building and maintaining the pond.

  • Choose a spot for your pond
  • Dig a hole and line it with heavy plastic
  • Place rocks around the edge to hold down the plastic and landscape the area for aesthetics
  • Pipe in water and drainage
  • Add plants and animals
  • How To Build a Classroom Pond - Cheap & Safe
    OK, what are your options? Can it be done cheaper and quicker? Yes. I have seen ponds at lawn and garden shops made simply by laying cinder blocks on the floor to shape the pond, then draping the liner over them and capping the top with a row of rock

Frog Pond Liner - Line your Frog Pond

Pond Liner

Pond liners are essential to building a garden pond but they need not be expensive.

The pond liner will hold in the water so you will need very thick plastic.

Before purchasing a pond liner be sure to ask the community to see if someone is able to donate one.


Learning around the Frog Pond - Lessons down by the Frog Pond

Watching Frogs in the Pond

Watching Frogs in the Pond

Educational Value of a Frog Pond

All aspects of the curriculum can benefit and be enhanced by building a frog pond.

  • Language Arts: Reading about pond life. Writing poems, scientific reports and fictional tales of the animals living at the pond. Listening to others observations.
  • Math: Measuring water temperatures daily. Counting species and individuals. Estimation, measurement, data collection, graphing, and so much more...
  • Science: Five senses, life cycles, chemistry of the water and surrounding soil, earth science, physics, genetics
  • Social Studies: Cooperation, history, geography,
  • Music: Singing about ponds and pondlife, creating music from the natural sounds around the pond
  • Art: Inspiration for art projects
  • Physical Education: Construction and maintenance of the pond. Walking to the pond. Possibly swimming in the pond if it is large enough. Skating in the winter. Boating.

Frog Pond Calendar

Frog and Log calendar pieces as well as the calendar chart

Frog and Log calendar pieces as well as the calendar chart

Calendar Time

We start the day with Calendar Time and a frog related pattern. Then we read a frog related book before heading out to the frog pond, sketchbook, in hand for our morning observation.

Life in the Frog Pond - Are Water Striders Frog Food?

Near the Frog Pond

Near the Frog Pond

Morning Pond Observations

Photo Credit: Early morning web on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Photo Credit: Water Strider on Flickr, Creative Commons.

Each morning there is something new to see and record.One day we might notice water striders zipping across the surface of the water.

1. Do frogs eat water striders? We make a note to look up the information when we get back inside. (Language Arts and Research)

2. How do the water striders stay on top of the water and not sink? I will set up an experiment in the sensory-table during the afternoon. (Science)

3. We see some frog eggs. How long will it take for them to hatch? Can we estimate how many there are? (Math)

Drawing by the Frog Pond - Drawing Wildlife

drawing poppies

drawing poppies

Drawing by the Frog Pond

4. Each child chooses a subject to draw and settles down to carefully observe it's shape and details. (Art)

5. When we get back to the classroom we will write about our observations. We share our writing in the afternoon. (Writing Workshop)

6. On the way back from the pond we sing a frog song. (Music)

7. At recess we try to move like the animals that we have seen. (Physical Education)

8. After lunch we read stories about frogs from other cultures using Venn Graphs to compare and contrast the various stories. (Social Studies)

Making learning interconnected and hands-on makes kids excited about learning.

Water Stiders Walk on Water

Water Stiders

Water Stiders

Water Stiders

When you squat down at the water's edge, have you ever noticed the insects that walk on top of the water? These are called water striders.

  • Notice how their legs make dimples in the water but they don't sink.
  • They are being held up by water tension.
  • Look closely. What else can you observe on the surface of the frog pond?

Why don't the Water Striders Sink? - Water Striders in the Frog Pond

Did you know that water striders need surface tension to stay on top of the water? Here is a simple experiment that will help your children understand surface tension. After doing the experiment, be sure to visit the frog pond again to continue your observation of water striders.

How does a water strider walk on water?

Debating the Frog Pond Issue

Have you ever wanted to have a frog pond in your back yard?

Tadpoles grow legs before becoming Frogs!

Froglets in the Frog Pond

Froglets in the Frog Pond

Tadpoles become Froglets

The frog pond is full of froglets. That is what tadpoles are called after they have grown legs, before they have lost their tails and before they hop out of the pond as frogs.

Children are fascinated by these amazing transformations.

By having a pond just outside the classroom the children have the opportunity to observe these transformations on a daily basis.

Small Garden Pond

Father and Son Build a Pond

Come Sign the Frog Pond Guestbook

Barbara Radisavljevic from Templeton, CA on December 19, 2012:

I am very fond of frogs, unless I'm trying to sleep with one right under my open window. Even the smallest frog has a big voice.

eccles1 on May 26, 2012:

What a nice idea !

gypsykitschpres on April 15, 2012:

Very attractive ponds!

iamtreehugger on March 26, 2012:

I love frogs!! i kissed loads! unfortunately they turn back into toads! I hope i get lucky with the next one!!

akumar46 lm on May 24, 2011:

Great idea to make a Frog Pond.....nice lens,thanks.

anonymous on March 27, 2011:

This is very timely for me as I want to add a pond to my little yard but I am on a small budget. Thank you for the step by step instructions! Not just for kids! Especially here in the desert, a water feature will attract many animals, even in town. I look forward to my pond and seeing what will show up! Blessed by an Angel.

PiccadillyPunkin on October 19, 2010:

Great lens on frog ponds. Thanks for sharing with us step by step the instructions and materials needed to do it yourself. If I ever do get the hankering, I know where to come!

Evelyn Saenz (author) from Royalton on October 08, 2010:

This lens is included in the Best Review - Top 10 Frog Pages - Games and Activities for a Frog Unit Study

Evelyn Saenz (author) from Royalton on October 08, 2010:

This lens is included in the Best Review - Top 10 Frog Pages - Games and Activities for a Frog Unit Study

eclecticeducati1 on October 01, 2010:

I love the idea of building a frog pond in the backyard, but I doubt my husband would go for it. Too bad. It could be really fun. Great lens! Blessed by a Squid Angel.

lemonsqueezy lm on October 01, 2010:

What a great idea. We finally moved out of the townhouse and into a shome with a yard. I'm sure my children would love a frog pond. Thanks!

creditrepairservices24 on August 30, 2010:

I found your lens very helpful. Thanks for the idea and i believe that i can make it almost free or inexpensive. well, this really helps me a lot.

Thank again.

oztoo lm on March 14, 2010:

Fabulous lens. full of great info and your pictures show that a frog pond can look great in anyones backyard.

groovyoldlady on June 09, 2009:

Sounds ambitious, but fun!

anonymous on June 01, 2009:

Hi evelyn,

I have been following your stuff for hours now...lol You are just the coolest lady! What wonderful, hands on, imaginative crazy stuff you have! I write for Examiner.com I'm their Early Childhood Education Examiner and I would LOVE to link to some of your stuff and maybe use a few of your photos (and give proper credit and links of course) if that's okay with you. Once again...your stuff is amazing. What brought me to your blog was my research of KING BIDGOOD activities...and yours are just awesome. My articles can be found at the following: http://www.examiner.com/x-10971-Early-Childhood-Ed... If it's okay to link to you and share some of your activities and photos...please let me know! Thank you so much!

Evelyn Saenz (author) from Royalton on June 01, 2009:

[in reply to a_willow] Thank you, SquidAngel.

Mihaela Vrban from Croatia on June 01, 2009:

Excellent lens! As I would expect from you! Blessed by an Angel!

ElizabethJeanAl on May 24, 2009:

Hi,

My name is Elizabeth Jean Allen and I am the new group leader for the Nature and the Outdoors Group.

Welcome.

Lizzy

Jimmie Quick from Memphis, TN, USA on May 17, 2009:

The apartment complex where we live has some small pools with turtles and toads. It's nice.

Blessed!

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on May 17, 2009:

Another great lens. Sounds like a fun project.

oneskms on May 16, 2009:

As ever another great lens

anonymous on May 16, 2009:

Hey, this is a great page! Thanks for the credit on my photo of rocks. :) I don't think we'll get to build our pond this year- too many other projects on the list ahead of it, but I definitely want to do it at some point! :)

RinchenChodron on May 16, 2009:

Well done - nice photos.

SylvianeNuccio1 on May 16, 2009:

Very interesting lens

Evelyn Saenz (author) from Royalton on May 16, 2009:

[in reply to JaguarJulie] Sounds like a great plan except that when certain species of frogs or toads mature to the point of leaving the pond there is no way to get them back until it's time to breed again.

Love to see a picture of that little green frog.

julieannbrady on May 16, 2009:

Ah, Evelyn -- we have so many toads that commit hari kari whenever my hubby drives into our driveway at night -- would be so much nicer if we could get all the toads into a frog pond out back! And each night, there is one little green tree frog that hops around the screen on our living room window albsolutely driving our little Boots batty! I'm sure it is the very same frog each night.

Achim Thiemermann from Austin, Texas on May 16, 2009:

Reddit. Blessedit! :-)

boutiqueshops on May 16, 2009:

I love this lens and especially this last image of the small pebble lined pond surrounded by water and marginal plants. That's the pond I've been wanting to build in my backyard and you have inspired me!! Great work as always! You are such an asset to Squidoo! Hi 5*!