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Keeping Them Curious: Frog Edition

I know it isn’t spring yet, but I’m hopping in to bring you this “Keeping Them Curious” frog theme anyway! 🐸

This “Keeping Them Curious” series is designed to support your thematic teaching and help you inspire an inquisitive culture in your classroom.

In each issue, I will cover a theme by giving you some tidbits and trivia to share with your students and links to relevant resources from my site and across the web.

Frogs are such a fun theme in the primary grade, and these resources will really help you make a splash! Kids really enjoy learning about these cute amphibians—and many have background knowledge and experience to bring into your unit. Like other animal themes, frogs offer opportunities for exploring vocabulary and science topics in a kid-friendly and engaging way!

You can find the previous editions all in one spot over here so you can refer back as needed!

Keeping Them Curious: frog edition - frog facts for kids

Keeping Them Curious is an email series for teachers who are passionate about actively engaging students in thematic learning. I’m posting the email content here for those who might like to have a place to revisit each theme. If you would like to receive this content by email, please let me know below!

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Did You Know? Frog Facts for Your Class

Here are a few fun frog facts you can use to capture the curiosity of your little pollywogs!

🐸 Earth is home to thousands of species of frogs that vary in size, sound, and coloration. These tiny frogs, found in the rainforests of Papua New Guinea, only grow to about 7 millimeters!

🐸 The largest frogs on Earth, goliath frogs, live near the equator in Africa (specifically Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea). Growing to be over a foot in body size, male goliath frogs use their exceptionally strong back legs to push rocks around to build nests for tadpoles.

🐸 Ribbit, ribbit, woof? Different frog species make a wide variety of sounds. These barking tree frogs sound an awful lot like dogs!

🐸 While most of us know that frogs and toads use their long, sticky tongues to catch insects, scientists at Georgia Tech have explored how these amphibians’ special saliva helps them do this. It turns out that their saliva changes consistency very quickly—from liquid to sticky. Learn more and see some cool slow-motion footage of toad tongues in this video from Deep Look.

🐸 A frog’s bulging eyes also help it eat! Once its sticky tongue delivers the insect into the frog’s mouth, the amphibian blinks. Its eye muscles are specially made to push down into the mouth, pushing the insect off the tongue and down the frog’s throat!


Make Time to Giggle!

Simple jokes for kids are a great way to encourage students to explore the nuances of language! This frog joke provides an opportunity for a quick discussion on words with more than one meaning.

Frog Joke for Kids: Why are frogs always happy? They eat whatever bugs them!

Blog Posts for Your Frog Theme

Planning a frog theme? Here’s a collection of websites and videos that will help you bring a multimedia element to your unit!

Screens with images of frogs accompany text: Frogs: video and website roundup

Add age-appropriate music and fine motor practice to your amphibian theme with these subtraction activities that center on the song (and fingerplay) “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.” This post also includes a free task box activity!

subtraction activities to use with the song "five green and speckled frogs." A whole-group pocket chart subtraction activity, a small-group subtraction activity with mini erasers, and an independent fine motor subtraction activity with pompoms and tweezers.

More Resources for Your Frog Unit

Looking for ready-to-use frog resources? You can shop here in the My Happy Place website shop or browse my TPT shop. You’ll find a thematic frog unit with an informational slideshow and lots of printable activities, digital frog activities for use on a variety of learning platforms, and a set of CVC Frog Puzzles for thematic phonics practice.


Finally, as you transition from frog activities into other life cycle themes, check out this post that is packed with engaging life cycle activities!

art project, craft, and fine motor activity to support teaching about the life cycles of frogs, butterflies, and plants in kindergarten

Frog Activities Bundle

$11.00

This frog activities bundle is packed full of resources to keep your students interested and engaged this winter!

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Frogs Unit with PowerPoint

This “All About Frogs” thematic unit includes materials to help you integrate learning about frogs into science, social studies, literacy, and math in your primary classroom. Including an informational PowerPoint slideshow, crafts, and many printable activities, this set will have your students reading, writing, and talking all about frogs!

Digital Frog Activities

This set includes three digital frog activities that are pre-loaded into three different learning platforms. The three frog topics are: “Fun Frog Facts,” “How Frogs Grow,” and “Frogs Are Amphibians.”

After you purchase this resource, you will download a PDF that includes links to access each of these resources in Boom Learning, Google Slides, and Seesaw*. This way, if you change platforms in the future, you’ll be all set!

Frog CVC Words Center

This frog-themed CVC words center includes 14 worksheets, 40 two-part self-checking puzzles, and answer strips for students to use when checking their work. You will download one PDF.

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