1-2-3 Come Do Some Frog Activities With Me
Since the butterfly life cycle craftivities were such a hit, I decided to make some for the frog's life cycle as well.
I do our butterfly theme in April with my Y5s, then follow it up with frogs in May. Studying two life cycles really helps reinforce those science concepts and vocabulary.
To make this quick and easy for you, plus super-fun for your kiddos, I designed six, simple "print & go" craft activities with lots of options.
First up is the frog's life cycle featured on a paper plate. I've included a simple 4-section cycle for little ones, where you count the big frog as the start, as well as a 6-piece cycle for older students.
There are full color patterns, so you can easily make an example to share to help explain things, as well as black & white templates so children can color their own.
There are templates that are labeled, as well as blank ones so students can practice the science vocabulary by writing it in.
Punch a hole at the top; tie a yarn loop and suspend from the ceiling.
Next up are the "Turn to Learn" Life Cycle of A Frog "Science Story Wheels". I went a bit crazy buying “Life Cycle Of A Frog” clip art, so there are 5 different life cycle wheels.
This will provide a nice variety from cutesy to realistic, so that you can diversify your center.
As a whole-group activity, you can give students a choice of which one they’d like to color, cut and make.
To test comprehension and use the science vocabulary, have children write out the life cycle on the “Here’s What Happened” worksheet. I’ve included a detailed, completed sample, so that you can share whatever information is appropriate for your kiddos.
Since a cycle is like a circle, I thought it would be appropriate to design the life cycle of a frog on 5 different, circular-puzzle patterns, as a super-fun way to teach and practice this science standard.
The puzzles come in black & white, plus color to use for an independent center, or whole group “What comes next?” activity, where you pass the pieces out to your students to help explain, then review the frog’s life cycle.
Students can keep theirs as a puzzle, pick a partner and play “Speed” against them, to see who can be the first to put their puzzle together in the correct order, or you can use it as a comprehension worksheet, and have children glue the pieces together on the matching puzzle base.
To add variety, as well as have the ability to diversify, I’ve included 4, 5 and 6—piece puzzles. Some have realistic graphics of the frog’s life cycle, while others are semi-realistic, as well as cutesy.
So you can also test comprehension, reinforce the life cycle’s order, as well as practice writing and the science vocabulary, I’ve also included a sequencing “What Comes Next?” writing-prompt worksheet.
My kiddos absolutely love wearing a crown, so with that motivation in mind, I designed life cycle science crowns.The packet includes 5 different life cycle of a frog crowns to choose from.
As with the other packets, patterns come in full color as well as black and white.
Choose one, or run off the assortment on white construction paper, then give your students a choice.
I use green bulletin board border as the base. Kiddos glue their crown to the strip and I wrap it around their head, snip and staple.
My students also enjoy making "flip the flap" booklets, so I whipped together another life cycle of a frog option.
PK kiddos simply color and glue the long life cycle piece, which shows 5-sections under the flaps.
So you can assess comprehension, give older students the "mixed up pattern", where they cut out each individual rectangle, then glue the 5 stages in the appropriate order.
Older students can also label or write "what's happening" in each section. Take a teachable moment to reinforce the ordinal number words on the front.
Another flip the flap activity is a cute, frog face flip up booklet.
Simply run the head and body patterns off on light green construction paper.
Choose either the realistic graphics, or the cutesy ones, or give your students a choice.
They color, cut, fold on the dashed line putting the pages in correct order, then glue them to the base of the frog and add the head afterwards.
I’ve included picture pages without text, should you want your students to label and write out a description of their own, as well as completely blank “tongue pages” if you also want them to draw their own graphics.
Today's FREEBIE also features a frog-theme, and is a set of 10 frame cards. I hope you find them useful.
Well that's it for today. Thanks for stopping by.
I got spoiled with a few days of lovely 70 degree weather, now it's back in the 40s. Yuk.
Mother Nature is having a spring identity crisis again, at least here in Michigan. Wishing you a zippidy-doo-dah day!
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