Happy Weekend, friends! This past week my class started our first nonfiction unit of study for the year. I always like to start with frogs because my students are just so intrigued by them! This week we worked on locating facts, comparing fiction to nonfiction, and verbs. Incorporating verbs with frogs was perfect because those guys are action stars! After a couple of days of reading books, charting what we learned, etc we made these directed drawings of frogs. I used THIS video and they turned out so cute!
I also incorporated writing facts about frogs and brainstorming verbs… this complete project took a couple of days because we just did one part at a time 🙂
You can find the flapbook in my Frog unit 🙂
I love how each one is so different! AND, we had several different types of frogs represented in our drawings!
To compare fiction with nonfiction books we also read Frog and Toad books.
These frog and toad friends are always a hoot! My students wrote about the characters on the inside 🙂
These books led to a great discussion about the difference between frogs and toads. After reading some nonfiction books and using the PowerPoint in my Frogs unit we charted what we learned.
To wrap up our unit we made THESE frog hats. My kids wore them proudly all day long!
My 2nd grade unit shares plans. I am writing nonfiction plans next. I'll have to check out this unit 🙂
Hi Ms. Amy,
I really enjoyed the various tools you employed for your frog unit. I think I might utilize some of the various ideas you have displayed but for a science lesson about reptiles and amphibians that I aim to teach within the next few weeks. I am wondering though if you have ever thought about projecting an image when introducing your lessons. I have recently learned in my technology course that projecting an image can make an impression on your students and help the instructor generate questions to ask them. I believe that this image (http://www.publicdomainpictures.net/view-image.php?image=46159&picture=frog-4) could have tremendously impacted your students and help them gain a vivid understanding of how frogs live in their natural environment.
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