for Frog Day
students will classify groups according to their proximity
and locate their origins on a map.
- If available, read the
book, "A Cache of Jewels" to begin the
lesson. Share with the students that a group of
frogs living in the same area is referred to as an
"army of frogs", similar to a "herd of
sheep" or a "school of fish", or any of
the more common phrases they may have heard.
Brainstorm with the students, with the help of the
above web sites, any collective terms for animals and
record them on the chart paper.
- Transition to a discussion
of groups of people who live in similar communities
having names as well. For example, Detroiters
all live in the city of Detroit (use the name of your
school's city). Expand this task on to the
larger surrounding area. For example,
Detroiters, Michiganders all live in Michigan,
Americans all live in the United States of America,
and earthlings all live on the planet earth.
- Pass out the Name
Those Groups Worksheet to be completed
individually or as a group. Locate your city,
state, and country on a map either as a whole class or
individually. Older students may work this
process on people who live in other cities and
- Learn about pond habitats
and what people need to do to protect them. The
following link has helpful information, Minnesota
Pollution Control Agency (for kids).
- Locate on maps where
certain species of frogs live.