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Frog Unit Study: Hopping to Learn


A Frog and a Pond

A Frog and a Pond

A Frog Theme Makes Learning Fun!

The frogs are hopping from the excitement of learning with this frog themed unit study. You will find dozens of ideas, resources, and activities for both classroom teachers and homeschool families.

Jump and leap like frogs as we hike down to the frog pond to look for tadpoles and frog eggs. Observe carefully as we watch the bullfrog's throat expand as he croaks on the lily pad.

Then turn your learning space into a frog pond of learning with fly swatter words gobbled up by wide mouthed frogs, frogs jumping off logs and songs, poems and enough hands-on activities to fill the frog pond.

Frogs are hopping onto the lily pads and Spring Peepers are croaking around the frog pond. Time for a frog themed unit study to capture your children's interest in the natural world around them.

Learn math with a frog theme. Sing frog songs and write a frog poem. Discover how frogs survive the winter or a hot dry summer. Do frogs hibernate?

Take a trip down to the frog pond and start a whole new unit study filled with froggy ideas from Amphibian to Zap.

Let's learn about the frogs in the pond...

Frog Pond Rug

Frog Pond Rug

The Frog Pond Rug is the place to gather for Circle Time Frog Themed Stories, Morning Meeting and other Frog Group Activities. We greet each other with the Frog Greeting.

How about singing 5 Green and Speckled Frogs or playing one of the frog games below?

Children take turns being the Five Green and Speckled Frogs sitting on the log and jumping into the pond as everyone sings the song. Others keep track of the math problems being sung by holding up sentence strips with the number problems for 5-1=4, 4-1=3 etc.

Frogs on Logs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

Five Green and Speckled Frogs

The Frog Pond Rug - A Gathering Place for Frogs and Toads

Once your children know the Five Green and Speckled Frogs song well enough, the Frog Pond Rug becomes another Learning Center where the children sing and reenact the story of the frogs jumping into the pond. They use 5 plush frogs for the activity. This is a great way for the children to practice oral language, memory recall and sequence of events besides working on math skills.

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Frog Lessons

Big Eyed Frog

Big Eyed Frog

What is a Frog Unit Study?

Frog Themed Unit Study Lesson Plans

A Unit Study is created by choosing a topic and revolving all areas of learning around that subject. In this case we will focus on frogs while learning reading, writing , math, science, social studies, art, music, physical education and health. We will culminate the unit with the completion of a Frog Lapbook which will contain highlights of activities we have done throughout the frog unit study.

Circle Time

Frogs at Circle Time

Frogs at Circle Time

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Turn Your Classroom into a Frog Pond

Frog Unit Study Transformation

Today we will make a frog themed bulletin board with a pond and plants. Put a blue rug in the reading area with green mats or pillows for lily pads for your little frogs to sit on. Circle Time is a great way to start your day and help the children focus on Frogs as we begin this Frog Unit Study theme.

Call your little frogs over and to start your day with a gentle "ribbit" sound which can be passed on from one to another until all the children reach their lily pads at which point they squat down as little frogs with big eyes watching the Big Bullfrog, you, the teacher.

Circle Time or Morning Meeting is a great way to start the day and help children focus on the Frog Unit Study theme. We do a frog greeting, sing songs about frogs, read frog stories and play leapfrog along the number line. We end by reading the Morning Message about a trip down to the Frog Pond.

Turn your classroom or homeschooling space, into a Frog Pond of learning! Use this frog theme to help your children focus on learning. Create a space filled with frogs and a frog habitat that invites your children to read, write, explore and research frogs while teaching all areas of the curriculum.

Frog Themed Bulletin Board

Frog Unit Study Bulletin Board

Frog Unit Study Bulletin Board

Frog Hibernation Bulletin Board

Photo Credit: Frogs with Cattails From Clip Art Mountain

  • Use the children's artwork to create a bulletin board depicting a place where frogs might hibernate down in the mud.
  • Add cattails, lily pads and water
  • Children love to use this center to dramatize the lives of frogs.

Frog Life Cycle Bulletin Board

Frog Pond Bulletin Board

Frog Pond Bulletin Board

Frog Themed Morning Message

Frogs in the Responsive Classroom

Each morning we begin with a Morning Meeting Message that draws the children into the focus of our learning about frogs for the day. As you can see from today's message we will be going down to the frog pond.

Yesterday we made binoculars from toilet paper tubes. We will use the binoculars to look for insects that the frogs might be eating. When we spy an insect we will look up the insect in our Insect Guidebooks that we made last week. The Insect Guidebooks have drawings of the insects that we have seen so far when we visit the frog pond. We have also included observations about each of the insects as well as the name of the insect whenever we have been able to find it from online research.

At the bottom of our Morning Message you will notice that there is an interactive activity. Children come in each morning and read the message to themselves and then do the activity at the bottom. We have been learning about syllables this week so today we will be associating the number of syllables in our names with the number of syllables in the calls of frogs found in our Frog pond. If your name has one syllable, write it on a post-it and place it under the Spring Peeper. Spring Peepers say "Peep", a one syllable word. If your name has two syllables, place your name under the Leopard Frog which says "ribbit", a two syllable word. If your name has three syllables, place your name under the bull frog which says "chugarum", a three syllable word.

We will later use these three groups for doing a fun, Frog Choir Song Activity as part of our Morning Meeting.

Mud Burrow for Extreme Weather

Milk Jug Igloo

Milk Jug Igloo

Frog Reading Nook

Mud Burrow for Extreme Weather

Throughout the year we visit the habitat of many different animals. In the winter we study lemmings but in the spring we convert the classroom from the lemming habitat to the frog pond habitat.

Lemmings burrow down in tunnels and create dens underground. Frogs burrow down in the mud to survive the winter. Sometimes frogs will also burrow down into the mud in the summer if it is too hot or dry.

This shows the Froggy in the Mud Reading Nook as it might look like at the beginning of the frog unit study when it is still a Lemming's Winter Reading Nest.

Soon it will be covered in brown blankets to turn it into spring and then green for the grass of summer. We use rope lights to see inside to read. We use the brown blankets again to turn it into a winter Froggy in the Mud Reading Nook.