Step 2: Teach Lesson
Tell the student, today we will learn about frogs and their characteristics. Can you tell what is characteristics? What does it
mean? Allow the student time to respond. (Definition: a feature or quality belonging typically to a person, place, or thing and serving
to identify it). Explain the definition to the student.
Animals have many different characteristics, such as where they live (habitat), what they look like, what they ‘do,’ what
they eat, how they are born, what kind of animal they are (mammal, reptile, etc…), how they live (in groups, alone etc.), how
long they live, what their life cycle is, etc.
All animals, including humans, need certain things to live. Animals need air, water, shelter, and food to survive.
We are going to start by reading a book about frogs. The book we are reading today is called Froggy’s……..
Read A book from the Froggy
series written by Jonathan London (
Froggy’s Best Babysitter
Froggy’s Birthday Bash
Froggy Goes To
, Froggy Goes To Hawaii
Froggy’s Worst Playdate
, Froggy Gets Dressed
.Choose one of these links or you can use your
own paper copy.
Discuss some of the characteristics of Froggy with the student.
Move the discussion to characteristics of real frogs (you can use this link to research characteristics or use other material you may
As the student starts giving ideas, record them in a Venn diagram (Step 3). In the center, record the characteristics that Froggy has in
common with real frogs. After recording and talking about the different characteristics of real and make-believe frogs, the student can
create their own animal.
Have the student fold the creature creation sheet into thirds. Then they can draw the head, the body, and the tail end. Make sure the
student ends at the dots each time so that the animal’s sections will match up.
Have the student color their animal.