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Metamorphosis of Frogs Lesson Plan

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Lesson Plan #: AELP-ANM0081
Submitted by: Maria Ragucci
Email: ria1017@aol.com
School/University/Affiliation: College of Staten Island
Endorsed by: Dr. Robert H. Tai, College of Staten Island
Date: December 16, 1998

Grade Level(s): 3, 4


  • Science/Animals

Duration: one 45 minute session.

Description: Children will observe live frogs at different stages of their lifecycle. They will learn the names and functions of each cycle.

Goals: Students will learn the lifecycles of frogs through literature and observing live animals.

Objectives: Predicting: make statements about what the frogs will look like next time the class observes them.

Observations: The students will look at the tadpoles/frogs throughout their metamorphosis.

Recording Data: Make a chart recording all the data you learned through the observations.

Comparing: compare a frog to a human. List the similarities and differences using a Venn diagram.

Materials: live frogs at different stages of their lifecycle and a book about frogs.

Procedure: Begin by reading a book about frogs. I chose The Mysterious Tadpole by Steven Kellogg. Discuss the books pictures and content.

Display the tadpole. What do you see in the bowl? Talk about what you see. Is a frog similar to humans? Discuss survival needs, habitat, communication. In what ways are they different? Make a list using a Venn diagram.

Using the pictures in the book, Review the different stages. What stages are ‘our’ frogs in?
Guess what is going to change during the next stage. After we complete the pictures of the different stages, put the frog on the tablee and let the children see the frog at its complete metamorphosis.

Review vocabulary words learned (ex. polliwog, hibernating, species, metamorphosis, gills, aestivation).

Assessment: Have the class create a book about frogs. It should have illustrations in it, and a story explaining the pictures. The book must include true facts that we learned about the metamorphosis of frogs.