Ribbit! Ribbit! A thematic unit on frogs

Ribbit! Ribbit! A thematic unit on frogs

by Christine Gorman

Your English language learners (ELLs) will love this unit on frogs. Tie it to a thematic unit about the pond habitat and it becomes perfect material for transitioning into Spring.

This unit can be taught to students with a wide range of English language abilities and can be adapted to a wider range of grades than those that I selected. The unit was developed for Kindergarten through 2nd grade ELLs. It allows the teacher to work with young students who are developing their listening, speaking and social skills; and, at the same time, include those older students who are progressing into reading and writing.

Lesson Topic


Proficiency/Grade Level:

Kindergarten to 2nd grade. Beginning to intermediate students. The unit can also be adapted for students in grades 3-5.

Content Concepts/Skills

Animal vocabulary; habitats; frog life cycle


Animal vocabulary: the pond, egg, frog spawn, jelly, embryo, tadpole, head, tail, body, algae, hind legs, front legs, gills, lungs, insects, frog, hibernation, amphibian, land, water, cold blooded, webbed, enemies, camouflage

Materials Needed:

Pictures of a large number on pond animals; books on frogs and the pond habitat; access to a computer

Unit Overview

To see an overview of the unit download my Frog Thematic Web.

Instructional Sequence

Additional Activities and Resources

Activity Downloads

Note: To view the classroom activities, you must have Acrobat Reader intalled. Acrobat is a free application available from Adobe Systems.

PDF fileFrog Skills (8k .PDF)

PDF fileFrog Web (37k .PDF)

PDF fileFrog Bibliography (3k .PDF)

PDF fileFind the Frog Log (2k .PDF)

PDF fileFrog Pattern (53k .PDF)

PDF fileFrog hat (37k .PDF)

PDF fileFrog accordian book (2k .PDF)

Related Links

Find the Frog
Teach students about how frogs use camouflage to hide from their enemies. At the same time, encourage your English language learners to interact in cooperative pairs. This activity can be used with students in grades 1-6.

Resource Picks

Frog on a Log
A wonderful resource2 for teaching a kindergarten or 1st grade science unit on frogs. Complete with fun, engaging songs and terrific classroom activities. You will soon here your students sing to themselves, "I want to be an F-R-O-G frog and sit all day on an L-O-G spells log!" Includes cassette tape.

Enchanted Learning
Enchanted Learning is a children's educational web site which is designed to capture the imagination while maximizing creativity, learning, and enjoyment. This website contains a wealth of pictures, information, and charts for science and social studies. Until recently everything on the site was free to teachers. Now many of the thematic units are only available to members. Membership is $25.00 and well worth the cost.

About the Author

Christine Gorman is an ESL and French teacher for the River Edge Public Schools. She is also Chairperson of the Bergen County Affliate of NJTESOL/NJBE.