Sunday, May 19, 2013

Growing Frogs Science Mentor Text

I am linking up again with Collaboration Cuties and their Mentor Text Linky, this time with a Science focus.

My class just finished up our Science unit of life cycles, which offers SO many opportunities for fun activities.  I used three read alouds during this unit, but the one I want to share with you is Growing Frogs by Vivian French.  

This story is about a little girl who collects frog spawn with her mother and takes it home to observe the frog life cycle.  I like that this book is a mixture of nonfiction and realistic fiction, because as we read the little girl's story, there are a lot of informative pictures and information about the frog life cycle.  I also like that this book encourages students to be responsible when it comes to collecting frog spawn, and tells us not to collect too much, and to be sure to return the frogs to their natural habitat when they are grown up.  

After we read this story, my students created models of the frog life cycle with clay and paper plates.  Some of them got really creative, and they definitely had a lot of fun with this.  I am confident they really learned and will remember the frog life cycle the rest of their lives now!

If you have a fun Science mentor text, click the button at the top of this post to head over and link up!  I would love to see your ideas.  


  1. What a fun book and such a cute project. I'm going to have to pass this on to one of our teachers who covers the life cycle of frogs. I'm a new follower.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

  2. I love, love, love your models of the life cycle. I don't teach this at all but this post makes me wish I did. :) I will be passing this on to some teacher friends who teach life cycles. :) I'm your newest follower. :)
    Brandee @ Creating Lifelong Learners

  3. Thank you for sharing the info about the book. I'm going to order it! I bet the kids loved making the models!

    Teaching With Moxie

  4. This book is on my wish list! I love the clay models they did of the frog's life cycle- what fun!


  5. I have not heard about this book but it sounds amazing! I will have to check it out! I love the models of the life cycle that you made! That looks so fun!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties