It's a Frog's Lifeby: Audrey L. Coffey and Donna R. Sterling

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When a preschool teacher unexpectedly found tadpoles in the school's outdoor baby pool, she recognized an unusual opportunity for her students to study pond life up close. By following the tadpoles' development, students learned about frogs, life cycles, habitats.

Grades
  • Elementary
Publication Date
9/1/2003

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Reviews (4)
  • on Sun Sep 17, 2017 3:17 PM

This was a very exciting article to read because it displayed how a teacher used a teachable moment to the best of her advantage. By allowing the students to inquire, observe, and retain the information learned, this was a lesson that the students were not going to forget anytime soon. I especially loved how the teacher incorporated frogs into other everyday activities such as math lessons, art projects, and reading time.

Natalie B
Natalie B

  • on Wed Oct 29, 2014 9:00 AM

This article was a refreshing view of the importance for tangible, real life connections to science concepts for children, especially young children. This article showed how much there is to learn about one topic, the life cycle of a frog, and how this single science concept can be crossed to different content areas. Students learned from books, wrote and drew for observations, created sculptures of frogs, built an outdoor habitat and even an indoor habitat, and worked on math skills such as estimation. I thought that the activities, which included a field trip and eventually creating a permanent pond habitat, were well researched an implemented, and the assessments administered (picture cards) were appropriate and showed how much more solidified a child’s understanding of a topic can be with hands-on experience. The only thing I would have added to this project, since it took place over a long period of time, would be to demonstrate the life cycle throughout the plant/animal kingdom, so students understand that every organism goes through changes.

Ashley M  (Cockeysville, MD)
Ashley M (Cockeysville, MD)

  • on Mon Jul 15, 2013 10:48 AM

This is a delightful article of how a preschool discovered frogs in their outside plastic pool. With careful consideration to safety, the teacher led the students through a study of the frogs as they grew from eggs to tadpoles to frogs. The students learned the life cycle of frogs and could put cards in order to illustrate their knowledge.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:54 AM

Children in a preschool one summer discover and observe frog eggs develop into tadpoles and then frogs as they made observations about the life cycle of frogs. This article articulates specific safety rules that these young children need to follow before and during observations made at pool side. In the classroom they discussed what they had seen and asked questions. This article explores how to address young children’s learning and providing the best possible learning experiences within their developing skills of observation and communication about the natural world around them.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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