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!
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