We have spent the last couple of months observing spring animals and plants. We’ve observed ants, worms, and butterflies. Currently we are observing frogs.
On one of our nature walks, we found a whole little pond of tadpoles. The first time we spotted them, they were just little specks. I was actually surprised there were any alive since they were in a goldfish pond.
The next time we came back, we were surprised at how big some of them were already. We went back this afternoon and they are basically the same size as in this picture above. My oldest daughter brought a jar to bring 2 tadpoles home to observe. She has researched how to care for them and has a little habitat ready.
I will admit that observing frogs wasn’t my plan at all. Who could resist after we found the tadpoles though? So now we are gathering supplies for a frog mini-unit. I’ve been pinning frog crafts, frog activities, and frog resources on my Pond Life Pinterest board. Have you done a study on frogs or tadpoles? Any resources I should check out?
Rachel @ finding joy says
Can we come over to your house to play? You inspire me with your creativity and your willingness to let kids explore and learn!
We’re looking for frogs today…
WE LOVE frogs! Recently we read Pibbin the Small by Gloria Repp – VERY sweet book…and we went to the GA aquarium last week – they currently have a great exhibit for frogs!!! And…like Rachel…I want to come play!
Oh I wish we had an aquarium close by! That would be so much fun! I will have to check out Pibbin the Small. Thanks for the recommendations! 🙂
I have been collecting stuff for frog theme for ever and this month I finially start my unit and the kids are having so much fun. thank you the pictures are awesome
We caught tadpoles about two weeks ago and have been observing them since. So much fun! We just finished a frog study of sorts last week. I don’t know if there’s much to it that you’d like to use, but feel free to look if you’d like!
We are studying ants this week and are enjoying some of your ant resources :-)–thank you!
Loved all the activities you shared! Thanks for linking!
Kim @ In Our Write Minds says
Love how you capitalize on investigating life as it happens. What a great way to learn!
I’ve been studying ants, myself. Not by choice, though. I’ve actually been studying ways to kill them, but it’s rather like whack-a-mole. You hit one and another pops up. Get rid of ants in the family room, and they show up in the family room. Kill the ones in the family room, next they’re in the kitchen.
Sorry–didn’t mean to hijack your frog post, but the ants weren’t “bugging” me when you were doing your ant unit.
Kim @ In Our Write Minds says
One of those “family rooms” should have been “bathroom.” I really need to call it a day!
LOL Kim! Well you could collect them and sell them for ant farms 😉 I can’t believe I paid for ants! 🙂
We’ve had ant problems before. No fun!
Not that you need another pin, but maybe . . . http://homeschoolshare.com/kk_frogfrolic.php
I love how you are studying what’s available. 🙂 Love it!
Gloria Repp says
What a great page! I’m so glad y’all went to look at the tadpoles and creatively started off on a new course of study. Frogs are wonderful creatures — and that’s a nice green frog you’re showing here. In the book I’m writing now, part of the Pibbin series, there will be a green frog named Riff.