Teachers Corner

There have been several requests for some ideas for classroom activities. This page is dedicated to addressing some of these issues in the hopes that teachers will find new ways to integrate Internet use into classroom activities. Not only that, but hopefully kids will also have lots of fun learning about frogs AND playing on the Internet!

Things You will Find Here:
Cool stuff for learning at Frogland
has some of the teacher-preferred areas of this site outlined.
Activities and Teaching Programs
has some neat ideas and lesson outlines right here such as the Rainforest Study, Personal Usage of Water Study, the Rate Your Family Conservation Study, and Attitude Slip
Links to More Cool Ideas for Teaching Programs:
Here you'll find all kinds of lesson ideas. If you have some ideas of your own posted, please send them to me.
Biology/Science Studies has all kinds of Biology and Life Science study lesson ideas. Life Cycle class ideas are popular and there are even several Online Anatomy Classes are available for those who wish to spare a few frogs.
Environmental Studies such as lessons in recycling, litter, global warming and more. There are some great craft ideas here! There is also a whole section of Online Population Decline/Deformed Frogs Resources available.
Links to more Links
If you couldn't find something you were looking for here, these are some great starting points for more ideas.
Frogs In Your Classroom
If a live frog is an option for your classroom look to this section for links and info.

Cool stuff for learning at Frogland:

Weird Frog Facts (All Ages) Here kids can learn some strange but true facts about Frogs And Toads. There are several little demonstrations that can be played out here as well. In addition, this section can be used as a jumpboard for classroom discussions.
For example:
Frog Fables and Frog Myths (All Ages) Read some classic Fables that use frogs as characters to tell stories that have a few lessons for humans too, and take a look at some myths about frogs.
Save Our Frogs (All Ages) This is where kids can learn about some threats to frogs (and the rest of us), see some endangered species, and read about what they can do to help. This section lends itself to a variety of possiblke activities your class can try.
For example:

Activities and Teaching Programs:

Rainforest Study
This program is adaptable for all levels and class sizes.
Brief Description:
The goal is to learn about the importance of the rain forests.
Procedure: Organized into small teams, students read, research, write, revise and edit articles for their own Rain Forest newsletter. Article topics include: geography plants animals and products, especially medicines. Using a computer and teachers as chief editors, the newsletter is outlined, printed and sold. Students use the proceeds to purchase acres of rain forest (an example is the Rainforest Action Network's Protect-an-Acre program (PAA) listed in the What You Can Do To Help page), preserving it for the future.

Personal Usage of Water Study
Brief Description:
Students monitor their personal water usage for a twenty four hour period. Students use this information to assess their personal impact on the local community.

  1. Instruct students to keep track of the ways they use water directly for a twenty four hour period. (That is flushing the toilet, drinking, cooking, showering, etc..) You can also provide your students with a table for them to record their information.
  2. After the students have collected their information, have them do the following analysis:
    Personal Total for twenty four hours (gallons or liters)
    Class Total for twenty four hours (gallons or liters)
    Average gallons or liters used per person in the class in 24 hours
    Total gallons or liters used by the class in a week, month, year
  3. Following the calculations and analysis, discuss with the students ways that they might be able to cut their water usage down. Ask the students if they feel they have an impact on the environment.
The following is a list of approximate figures that can be used to help students determine how much water they use. Please remember there is a great variance in appliances in households and may not be accurate for everyone. You might want to ask the students to try to determine alternative ways to measure how much water they use.
  1. Students graph data and calculations.
  2. Discuss adaptations plants and animals make in their use of water.
  3. Students keep track of their entire households use of water.
  4. Students start a school water conservation program.

Rate Your Family Conservation Study
Brief Description:
Students assess how environmentally aware their family is by a point system. Goal is to heighten awareness of environmental impact.
Students collect data on a point system. (points below are from a suggested example, an additional part of this could be for students to come up with an appropriate rating system.)

How did your family score????

90 points or above: Indeed you are a friendly family of the Earth!

80 to 89 points: You are a concerned family and doing OK.

70 to 79 points: Your family needs to make a plan and try harder.

Below 69: Your family is contributing to the problem. Top
Attitude Slip
Brief Description:
Here's a neat idea from Spencer Deal: 5th grade teacher at Mesa Grande Elementary, Hesperia, CA (aldeal@earthlink.net) It's a great way to patch differences and use frogs!

    First you'll need a fun picture of a frog (How about the "Frog Eating Cricket" in the Doodle page?) for this project.
  1. Get a photo or black line of a comical frog to put on the 3" x 3" piece of paper.
  2. The slip reads "Frogs are lucky, they get to eat what bugs them".
  3. At school the kids put what bothers them on the paper.
  4. At the end of class, use the slip of paper to mend feelings etc.

Froggin Around the world
Here's a fun idea! Gather a bag or box with the following: 1 stuffed frog, 1 disposable camera, and a list of instructions. Get the kids to send the frog out around the US, if not the world! Folks that get the frog should 1.) write a postcard and send it to the classroom, and 2.) take a photo with the stuffed frog, and send it on to the next lucky person to do the same. A couple of years ago, a 3rd grade class sent me such a package and it seemed like a neat way to get kids to learn about folks from other parts of the country. The instructions asked for me to write to the kids and send it forward...(and to be sure that the last person with the stuffed frog would send it back, along with the camera, to the classroom before classes ended)
ANIMAL WRITES LEAGUE : Smoochy the Frog Avatar This appears to be a webpage about one such traveling frog and his adventures in el paso with this 3rd grade classroom.


Links to More Cool Ideas for Teaching Programs:

FrogWeb.gov has a great selectionof Educational Resources and ideas for classroom fun!

Junior Detective Headquarters is a great site put together right here in Oregon at the Oregon Coast Aquarium which hosts this a section dedicated to activities teachers and parents can do with their kids. Specifically geared towards dissapearing frogs!

Our Friend - The Frog: A Webquest for Year 2 by Denise O'MaraWebquest for a Year 2 IT class in first term who are studying frogs with their class teacher. The children's skills at this level are limited, especially reading skills, but they are able to use a browser and print a webpage. The webquest format is used to teach the children how to retrieve information & record it, as well as revise some of their computer skills from Year 1.

Cool School Froggy Projects (The Leaping Pad) List of Links to classes who did frog projects at school and posted the results on the web!

Biology/Science Studies:

Life Cycle Classes

Online Anatomy Classes


Environmental Studies:

Online Population Decline/Deformed Frogs Resources


Links to more Links, but good ones.


Frogs In Your Classroom


Do you have a classroom success story, innovative idea, or anything that other educators might be interested in that has to do with Frogs? Please send me feedback!

Click here to send me electronic mail.



Please note: except for the silly graduate frog at the top, I did not draw anything that appears on the teachers corner page. All other images on this page are from public clip-art archives.