Fantastic Frogs & Terrific Toads!

Lessons, Links, Printables, and Ideas to match a Unit or theme on toads/frogs for grades k-3!

Updated May 16th, 2004

Compare and Contrast Frogs and Toads!

Show your students the word amphibian written on a piece of paper.  Share with them that the word amphibian means two lives.  Tell them frogs and toads are amphibians because they live part of their life in water as tadpoles and part of their lives on land as frogs and toads.  Talk about what frogs and toads look like, how are they alike, and different.  Look at pictures to compare them. Make a chart like the one below with your class!



Frogs lay their eggs in stacks Toads lay their eggs in straight lines
Frogs have smooth, slimy skin Toads have hard, rough skin
Frogs live in the water and on land Toads usually live on land
Frogs are skinny and have long legs Toads are fat and have short legs
Frogs move around by jumping Toads move by walking or making short, small hops


Frog Fun!

Some fun activities to use with a frog unit!

ccmfrog13.gifLily Pad Hop - cut lily pads from green construction paper, write a numeral on each one, have the students hop from one to the next in numerical order.

ccmfrog15.gifLife Cycle Sequence - have the students put pictures of the life cycle of a frog in order and be able to verbalize the stages.

ccmfrog6.gifStamp a frog pond picture, have out paper with lily pads and a pond drawn on it have the kids add frogs and toads to the pictures using rubber stamps.  Count the number of frogs in everyone's pond.

ccmfrog7.gifMake some Jell-O (or pudding would work too) for the pond (grape works good!) pour into individual clear plastic cups, on top add some blobs of green whip cream (food coloring added to whip cream) and place gummy frogs on each blob (whip cream is the lily pad)  add some flower sprinkles if you have them! 


Fantastic Resource

Looking for some great ideas to use with the story Frog and Toad? Our Primary Teacher Timesaver CDROM for teaching Literature and Reading is filled with over 10 activities to use with Frog and Toad. You will find tons of other resources for teaching literature and reading. Check out the free samples by clicking here!
Frog and Toad Books!

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Activities to Match the Books Above!

Frog and Toad Are Friends Cyber Guide Frog and Toad Unit Frog and Toad Are Friends Webquest Friendship Project
Frogs and Toads Are Different (But Still Friends)
Through various Internet sites, the book Frog and Toad Are Friends, classification and writing activities, students will be able to identify the unique characteristics of frogs and toads. They will compare and contrast the two amphibians using facts and using the stories written by Arnold Lobel. This will be demonstrated in various activities. (Grade 2)
Ideas to Match Many Frog and Toad Books Guided Reading With Frog and Toad "A Swim" Lesson Plan
"The List" Blend Activity Story Maps with Frog and Toad Questions for "The Letter" Spring Worksheet
The Story Worksheet A Lost Button A Swim Worksheet The Letter Worksheet

Frog Poems, Songs, & Fingerplays


There once was a polly named Wog
Who wanted to change to a frog.
So he dropped off his tail
Grew legs without fail
And croaked all day on a log

"Frogs Grow And Change"

(Tune: "The Frog Went A-Courting)

Did you know frogs grow and change? Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Did you know frogs grow and change? Uh-huh, uh-huh.
A tadpole is a baby frog. It moves its tail to swim along.
Now we know frogs grow and change. Uh-huh, uh-huh.

Its back legs are the first to grow, Uh-huh, uh-huh.
Then its front legs start to show. Uh-huh, uh-huh.
It climbs onto the land that's near, now its tail can disappear.
The frog's back legs grow big and strong, Uh-huh, uh-huh.

It uses them to hop along. Uh-huh, uh-huh.

Five Speckled Frogs

Five little freckled frogs setting on a

speckled log (5 fingers on bent arm)

Eating the MOST delicious bugs, yum, yum!

(pick bugs out of air, rub tummy)

One jumped into the pool, where it was nice and cool, (finger hops in pool)

Then there were four freckled frogs!

Continue with four frogs, then three, and

so on.

Then there were NO freckled frogs!

Little Tadpole - Sung to "Frere Jacques"

Little tadpole, Little tadpole
Lost his tail, lost his tail.
Now he has two feet
Now he has four feet
Look a frog! Look a frog!

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Fantastic Frog Books!

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Frog Printables

Frog Crafts


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