Leapin’ life cycles we had fun with these frogs! So far we’ve learned
about the life cycles of butterflies, plants, and now frogs. My team
and I decided we’d use life cycles as the theme for our
end of year open house and we’ve been busy thinking of ways
we can incorporate life cycles across our curriculum.
We read lots of nonfiction books about frogs and my class wrote
things they’ve learned about each stage of the frog’s life cycle on
these lily pad sticky notes. I drew the shape
then copied it on construction paper. We used repositionable
glue sticks to turn them into sticky notes. I used clip art
from Scrappin’Doodles for the pictures.
I’ve been working with my students on how to take notes and determining what
information is considered important and note worthy.
We watched some video clips on Discovery Education as well as
on Brain Pop Jr. and students took notes that they would
later use to write about the frog’s life cycle.
One of the things we’ve talked a lot about is that taking notes means
writing down important vocabulary, main ideas, and facts rather than
complete sentences. This was so tricky for them at first and I’m
so proud of how far they’ve come!
As a culminating project, we made this
Frog Life Cycle On A String craft which will be part
of our open house display.
There are two versions of this in the download. An easy-cut 5-stage cycle
for younger students and a crafty-cut 7 stage cycle. I did a combo of both
and did a 5-stage crafty-cut since my students are able to cut out
more elaborate shapes. Students used their notes to write about each stage
in the little lily pad booklets.
We assembled all the pieces in order on the string glued on some
wiggly eyes (my kids LOVE wiggly eyes!) then added black dots
to the beads eggs with a Sharpie! Fun, fun, fun!!
Everything tucks into the large lily pad pocket for display and students simply
pull the string out slowly to reveal each stage!
Here’s a little look at the 7-stage version.
If you’re looking ideas for your life cycles unit and need some frog fun
click any of the pictures to find this in my TPT shop!