Frogs Day 5: Frogs vs. Toads

Frog vs. Toad

Today we explored the differences between frogs and toads.  We also did some science experiments, a phonics game, and a craft of course.

Read:

  • Frogs by Gail Gibbons pg. 30-31
  • What’s the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad? By Mary Firestone

Discuss: A toad is a type of a frog.

  • Frog: Toad:
  • smooth skin dry skin
  • long legs shorts legs
  • need to live near water don’t need to live near water
  • narrow body wider body
  • high and round eyes low and oval eyes

Comprehension Questions:

  1. What’s the difference between a frogs and toads skin? Frog’s have smooth skin and toad’s have dry skin.
  2. What’s the difference between a frogs and toads legs? Frog’s have long legs and toad’s have short legs.
  3. What’s the difference between a frogs and toads body? Frog’s have a narrow body and toad’s have a wider body.

Frog vs. Toad Venn Diagram

Materials:

  • 2 paper plate
  • sticky notes
  • pen

Directions:

  1. Write one trait on each sticky note.
  2. Write “frog” one one paper plate and “toad” on the other.
  3. Overlap the plates a bit to have a the venn diagram, draw the outline of the bottom plate onto the top plate where it overlaps.
  4. Have the child place each of the trait cards in the appropriate plate.
  • Jump
  • Hatch from eggs
  • smooth skin
  • dry skin
  • long legs
  • shorts legs
  • need to live near water
  • don’t need to live near water
  • narrow body
  • wider body
  • high and round eyes
  • low and oval eyes
  • start as tadpoles
  • eat bugs Frog Study (43) Frog Study (44)

Phonics Frogs

Materials:

  • Frog Die Cuts
  • Marker
  • Blue Construction Paper
  • Scissors

Directions:

  1. Cut out 5 pieces of blue paper into the shape of a pond.
  2. Write ar, er, ir, or, ur on them.
  3. Write a word with one of the above phonics sounds on each frog.
  4. Child will make the frog jump into the matching pond as he reads the word.Frog Study (47) Frog Study (46)

Frog Dot to Dot

I found this Frog Dot to Dot by 5’s for J to practice counting by 5’s.Frog Study (92)

How Far Can Frogs Jump?

Materials:

  • Hula Hoop
  • Tape Measure

Directions:

  1. Frogs can jump between 10-20 times their size. To make the math easier we will just say they jump 10 times their size.
  2. First measure your child. Then multiply that number by 10.Frog Study (42)Frog Study (41)
  3. Then set a hula hoop down outside for the first lily pad.
  4. Use the tape measure to measure how far away the second lily pad should be (10 x child’s height)
  5. See if the child can jump that far. If the frog were as big as the child this is how far the frog would be able to jump.Frog Study (40) Frog Study (39) Frog Study (38) Frog Study (37)

Frog Toss

We played this Frog Toss game for fun.Frog Study (34) Frog Study (35)

Frogs in the Pond

Materials:

  1. white drawing paper
  2. Blue Construction paper
  3. blue water colors
  4. paint brushes
  5. tempera paint
  6. Pear
  7. Paper plate

Directions:

  1. Paint with blue water color all over the white paper. Frog Study (36)
  2. Let dry.
  3. Slice a pear in half and put green tempera paint onto the paper plate. Put the cut side of the pear in the paint. Frog Study (33)
  4. Paint some frog bodies by using the pear as a stamp on the paper to form the basic shape of the frog.
  5. Stamp parts of frogs at the edges of the paper. And whole frogs in the middle.Frog Study (32)
  6. Use a paint brush and green paint to add legs to the frogs.Frog Study (31) Frog Study (30)
  7. Use a paint brush and yellow paint to add lily pads to the pond and spots on the frogs.Frog Study (29) Frog Study (28)
  8. Staple the art work on a colored background. Frog Study (27)

 

Frog Unit Study

Day 1: Frog Life Cycle

Day 2: Amphibians

Day 3: Frog Anatomy

Day 4: Types of Frogs

Day 5: Frogs vs. Toads