Flipping Frogs & Tumbling Toads… How many points will your amphibian get?
FROG AND TOAD ARE FRIENDS
The first author whose work I fell in love with was Arnold Lobel. Everyone knows him for his Frog and Toad books, but that wasn’t the first book I was exposed to. When I was a kid, we belonged to the Children’s Book of the Month Club. Every month we’d get a new hardcover storybook. My brother, sister, and I couldn’t wait to read each story. We enjoyed every one of them, but the best one, the one I still remember to this day was “Giant John” by Arnold Lobel. First of all, the illustrations were imaginative and amazing. The story was about a giant named John who lived with his mother. When the story begins John and his mom are so hungry and their cupboards are so cobwebby and bare, they are about to eat a shoe. Then John declares he is going to go out into the world to get a job. He finds work at a castle where he does odd jobs for the king, queen, princess, and dog. Everyone loves him and the work he does. It’s all going really well until his fairy friends from the forest come to visit him. Their magic music makes John dance. And when he dances he wrecks everything. He’s a good guy, so he apologizes and rebuilds the kingdom.
When I started teaching, I purchased “Frog and Toad are Friends” for my classroom. My first graders loved the goofy tales of two unlikely buddies who enjoyed spending their days together doing ridiculous things. Arnold Lobel’s stories are often about friendships between characters who are different, but very capable of existing in the same space. I like his positive outlook on humanity.
FLIPPING FROGS AND TUMBLING TOADS GAME
I posted this craft to my March blog because it has lots of springtime green; the grass, a frog, and a toad. And even though I live in the Midwest and it won’t be green for awhile, I start thinking about all things green around St. Patrick’s day and dreaming of the day when the green grass is back!
This craft is fun for a rainy (or snowy) day. Your students can make the game and play it with a friend. You can also us it as part of your curriculum.
MATH – Add the total points of Frog and Toad.
ART – Talk about all of the different shades of green. (Mint, Sea, Kelly, Olive, Pine, Hunter, Emerald, Forest, Teal, Moss, Army, Lime, Chartreuse, Shamrock, Sage…) Also, remind them that yellow & blue make green.
SCIENCE – Talk about amphibians.
READING – Read “Frog and Toad are Friends.”