Children love change, well they love learning about change. This is why they enjoy open ended projects. They love to mix baking soda and vinegar to see the reaction, mixing various colors to see the change. They love to build things up and knock things down. All forms of change.
Teaching life cycles is another form of change, and the bigger the change… the more interested children are in the change. Teaching the life cycle of a butterfly is one way to do this, especially if you can get hold of some caterpillars that are almost ready for metamorphosis. Teaching the life cycle of a frog/toad is another one that children really enjoy.
Here are two stories that teach about this transformation. The top one is a fiction story and the bottom is an informational text. It is important to share both types of books with children. Many children enjoy informational texts because it provides information, so do not shy away from these books when choosing books to share with your child.
Teeny Weeny Tadpole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHO6S5-5zAU
A Tadpole Grows Up. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05bxAO4FU60
It is important for children to record their learning and demonstrate the knowledge they gained. In this case there are a few fun ways to record what they learned about the metamorphosis from egg to tadpole to froglet/toadlet to frog/toad. Here are a few to try!
When I teach, I love to use food to help children in the learning process, who doesn’t love to learn with food… and this is all super healthy foods! Teach Beside Me’s has a blog post on the Edible Frog Life Cycle. This was in my lesson plans before school ended! We were going to have this as a snack and then the children would have recorded what they learned/ate.
This recording can be completed a few ways. As I’ve mentioned in the past, we do a lot of paper creations in school. For this I would have given the children a paper plate, 2 shade of green paper and a small amount of white.
But, as I have also mentioned in the past, I do not have construction paper here soooo yet again you will have to deal with my own illustrations. I think I have drawn and colored more pictures since March than in other whole school years! (Well at least illustrations that were not on the dry erase board and removed quickly). When illustrating make sure they see the connection between the phases and that it is circular.
Some fun frog and toad facts. Check out Kid Zone’s Frog and Toad Facts
Frogs and toads both lay as many as 20,000 eggs in the water. Frogs lay their eggs in a cluster called a Frog Spawn. Toads lay their in long strands.
Frogs need to live near water, but toads do not
Frogs’ legs look bigger than their body but a toads’ look smaller
Frogs have webbed feet and toads have separated toes