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.
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1-2-3 Come Make A Frog's Life Cycle Craft With Me
Since many of us are winding down, and counting the days 'til summer vacation, I posted yesterday that if you were looking for something to fill up the last few weeks of school, to dash me off an e-mail or leave a comment. I heard from several teachers that they do a mini unit on frogs to fulfill a science requirement, and wanted to know if I had a quick craft explaining the frog's life cycle.
I do; not just one, but three options to choose from. Since "Throw Back Thursday" has become popular, especially on Face Book, I decided to zip off a blog article including them, incase there are other teachers out there who do a frog theme in the spring.
These are "oldies" but I think still "goodies" that I designed several years ago, before I had all the clip art, fonts, and design software that I use now. Hopefully you'll still find them helpful. Choose one for your students, or give them an option.
The first life cycle of a frog craftivity is in the shape of a frog. The mouth section flips up to reveal pages, with the various life cycle phases on them. Click on the link to view/download it.
The second one is also a flip up craft, but this one is a rectangular booklet. Students cut on the lines to make "flaps" that flip up to reveal the different stages of the frog's life cycle. Older students can write one fact at the top of the inside flap. Click on the link to grab this FREEBIE.
Finally, my personal favorite, is the frog's life cycle "dangler" which is made using a paper plate.
Completed projects look really cute suspended from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download it.
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Hopping Into Springtime Science
Need a quick and easy way to review the life cycle of a frog for your students?
I designed two that can be plugged in as an independent center your students can transition to when they’ve finished their tabletop lessons.
Run off my frog templates on green construction paper, and the life cycle on white copy paper.
Students can choose to either make a froggy slider or a frog crown.
They color, cut, and glue to complete a “perfect” project in a short amount of time.
Both of these activities can be found in the Life Cycle Of A Frog Packet.
Click on the link to view/download it.
I also have The Life Cycle Of A Frog booklet.Students review the life-cycle of a frog by cutting and gluing the pictures to their matching boxes.
Also included is a graphing extension, word-wall word flashcards, and a certificate of praise.
This is a nice self-esteem builder as it's easy to read and a wonderful way to follow up your science study by incorporating math, reading, writing and cutting skills.
Click on the link to view/download The Life Cycle Of A Frog booklet and activities.
If you're still looking for more frog activities, including an entire unit with lots of tabletop worksheets and centers, click on this link to view the entire list of all the FROG products available, and simply scroll down to pick whatever you'd like to view/download.
Enjoy! I hope you can hop on back tomorrow for more fun teaching tips and tricks.
Do you have one you’d like to share? I’d enjoy hearing from you. firstname.lastname@example.org or feel free to post a comment here, especially if you use one of my ideas.
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