Down by the Frog Pond
Teaching Compound Words with a Frog Theme
What do the words dragonfly, sunshine and bullfrog have to do with each other? Not only are they all related to frogs, frog habitat and our Frog Unit Study they are also compound words. It is possible to separate each of these words into two words with no letters left over.
How could you separate dragonfly? That's right, dragon and fly. What about bullfrog? Bullfrog can be separated into bull and frog. Finally sunshine can be separated into sun and shine.
Compounds words are one of my favorite kinds of words to teach. I love the way that they are formed from two recognizable words.This hub is full of fun, hands-on, creative games and activities for helping beginning readers learn compound words related to a Frog Themed Unit Study.We will create an Interactive Bulletin Board and make matching compound word games.
Frog Cards for Compound Words
Frog Shaped Cards
Frog Themed Compound Words
Cover a bulletin board with pond blue paper and decorate pond with reeds, Cattails and lilypads.
We used the following compound words for our Frog Unit Study Bulletin Board:
Most of the words were familiar to the children but some, like duckweed, driftwood and cattail were not as familiar. I introduced them by showing examples while we were down at the pond. Duckweed is a small plant that grows in masses in the sunny portions of the frog pond. Ducks like to land on the pond, turn themselves upside down and nibble on the duckweed.
Make logs and write the compound words on the logs. Then write the compound words on logs. The children hop the frogs onto the correct logs.
Bullfrog is a Compound Word
Writing with Compound Words
The compound words taught in this lesson lend themselves well to writing observations from trips to the frog pond. We keep a word wall posted near our writing station to help children spell and remember the compound words that they are learning as part of our Frog Unit Study.
One day we sat quite still and watched a bullfrog as it sat on a lily pad waiting for dragonflies. The dragonflies darted here and there. Their wings glistened in the sun and their shadows moved silently across the surface of the pond.
We watched carefully for a long time hoping to see that bullfrog catch something but it was not to be. Was he really hungry or had he possibly eaten just before we spotted him?
The sunshine beat down on the bullfrog's back as it rose higher in the sky. We watched to see how the sun would affect the frog. We knew that he must stay moist so it didn't surprise us too much that he would need to hop back into the pond so suddenly he was gone.
The plop of his body slipping into the water and the ripples on the surface moving in ever expanding concentric circles were all the evidence that that bullfrog had ever been there.
We wondered if he would return to that same lily pad if we waited.
Watch as the Bullfrog uses its breath to Croak
Chug-arum goes the Bullfrog
It was springtime so the male bullfrogs were announcing their desire to mate, enticing the silent females back to the frog pond. Bullfrogs draw in deep breaths of air and then push that air back and forth across their vocal cords to produce their classic chug-arum sound.
Watch the video to see how they pass their air back and forth.
As Sudden Downpour
Suddenly the weather changes. The wind picks up and dark angry clouds quickly move in. The downpour doesn't phase the bullfrog. He likes that moisture on his skin. It helps him to breath. Frogs need moist skin in order to transfer oxygen from the air into their bloodstream.
We brought umbrellas so the rain shower didn't bother us either.
It was a quick shower as most downpours are and as it passed over the hill a rainbow formed promising a beautiful springtime afternoon.
Stories with Frogs and Compound Words
- Goldilocks and the Three Bullfrogs
Once upon a time there were three bullfrogs who lived in a little house down by the frog pond.
Frog Themed Compound Word Sort
Compound Words for Spring
- Match the Components of Spring Compound Words Printout - EnchantedLearning.com
Match the Components of Spring Compound Words: Printout. Words: rainbow, bluebird, buttercup, snowmelt, sunshine, thunderstorm, grasshopper, bullfrog, flowerbed, springtime
What are Compound Words?
- Frog & Toad @ The Virtual Vine
Scroll down to the two pdf files of printable frogs with words that can be matched together to form compound words. It is suggested that you create logs with the combined compound word for each pair of compound word frogs to sit on.
- English compound words and phrases ... - Google Books
This is a reference book explaining the rules for forming compound words. It also is a compilation of compound words used in the English language including such words as lilypad and bullfrog. Use this book as a reference when creating compound word g
Frog Themed Lesson Plans
- Frog Unit Study: Hopping to Learn
Hop on into this frog unit study containing dozens of ideas, resources, hints and tricks to create frog-themed activities for both homeschool families and c
- Frog Themed Lesson Plans
Fun, hands-on frog themed lessons for young children. Stories about frogs, language arts lessons, froggy math, science of frogs. Fill the day with frogs and learning.
Compound the Fun by leaving Comments:)
Kay on September 04, 2014:
This homeschooling mom is a fan :)
Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 24, 2012:
Love compound words too! I am glad to connect with a fellow teacher.Sharing!
Cribbage on March 11, 2011:
Christine Mulberry on March 10, 2011:
Love all of your fun and creative ways of teaching!
Mohan Kumar from UK on March 05, 2011:
Neat way of introducing compound words. Very helpful. Thanks.