Anyway, I am sure you're starting to catch a pattern in my posts. Can you tell I LOVE science, project based learning and nature??? I promise it's not all I teach, just my favorite to blog about right now. Our math curriculum is Saxon and reading is Houghton Mifflin and even though I add fun extra ideas to those lessons, science is where I really get to be creative in my teaching.
Part of second grade core in Utah is life cycles. I know the life cycle of a frog is very popular to teach. Since I already have several animals that I take care of and was not willing to take on another this is what I did.
I bought these cute little life cycle sets from Oriental Trading. You get the frog and the butterfly set for only $5.99. Click here to order them.
Then as a class we read this book. I put it up on the projector with my Elmo document camera and we read it together as a class. Click on the picture to order it from Amazon.
Then as a class we made an extra desk in our class look like a pond. We used paper, some fabric that looks like water, rubber frogs, fake flowers, and a plastic bowl. This was the first day. My students kept adding to it for the next couple of weeks. They really loved creating this habitat.
So then over the next week and a half to two weeks I switch out the life cycle pieces so the students can see it change. The life cycle set from Oriental Trading doesn't come with a frog egg so I just use a marble. It's a lot bigger then an actual frog egg but it's what I had laying on my desk. They loved it and can you believe it Mrs. Matsuda had no idea that they were switched. They were actually growing and changing. I was just as surprised as they were!!! ;)
There you have it folks. Our adult frog. He has come out of the water. My kiddos were so surprised when they came back from lunch one day to find the pond empty and an adult frog on the edge of the water.
Is this something you might try in your classroom? What other fun activities do you do with the frog life cycle?