Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Frog and Toad Together Unit Study

Each day we started off by reading Frog & Toad Together by Arnold Lobel.

In the first chapter of the book Frog had a to-do list. So we made a to-do list for Shayla. She crossed things off that day as we did them. We reviewed days of the week and months of the year. We discussed things we always do on those days. She also used letter magnets to spell theme word: frog.

For science we read about frogs here.

For music & movement we learned Croak, Croak Went the Little Green Frog, and Froggy Went Courtin' by Dr. Jean. We practiced these while doing what all little froggies do - JUMPING like a frog on the trampoline. We tried leap frog, but wasn't very successful. We also sang Dr. Jean's Days of the Week song.

We watched the Frog and Toad video from the library.

For fun and practice following directions with verbal cues, I hid Shayla's plastic flipping frogs all over the family room.
She found all 11 hidden frogs! That smile is priceless!

For math we counted Shayla's flipping frogs and put them in groups by color. We discussed more, less and equal to. Then of course, we had to flip the frogs.

For social studies, we discussed that Frog & Toad is another example of a friendship story. We discussed what makes healthy friendships and what qualities you look for in a friend.

Shayla cut out a paper frog and copied the word frog from the whiteboard.

Shayla made a diarama and a giant frog.

We did a family performance. Shayla reinacted the story using frog and toad paper dolls. I had to read some parts of the story as a reminder.

Shayla demonstrating the ASL sign for frog.

And the show would not be complete without a snack of frog legs - cut celery sticks!

1 comment:

Evelyn said...

Doing a frog unit study can be lots of fun. I love the idea of the To Do list. It's a great way of practicing phonics and spelling skills as well as handwriting.

When we did a Frog Unit Study my children were curious about how frogs survive in winter. We did experiments with how water can be absorbed through skin while playing in the bathtub.