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Frog Themed Halloween Lesson Plans
A classroom with a frog theme need not wait for spring. Imagine all the ways you can teach using frogs at Halloween. There are stories about frogs trying to decide which costume to wear on Halloween night. Read the story and use your imagination to create more costumes for the frogs. Draw those frog costumes and then graph the results.
Many years ago I discovered how much children love to learn about frogs. There is something about their green costumes and they way they hop around in the mud that captures the imagination of a child. When children are interested, they love to learn. In this article we will explore ways of incorporating frogs into your Halloween Time lessons as part of a Frog Halloween themed unit study.
There is nothing like a green sweatshirt and leggings to get that froggy feeling. Come on down to the Frog Pond and join the rest of the frogs for a Halloween Party fit for a frog...
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Froggy is getting ready for Halloween. Your children can make frog patterns for Halloween by using frog and pumpkin stamps. How about making a Frog and Pumpkin Quilt for Froggy's bed.
The frog and pumpkin pattern could also be reproduced by the children on a bulletin board. Count the squares as you Skip Count by 2's.
Can you continue the frog, pumpkin frog, pumpkin pattern?
Frog Patterns for Halloween - Halloween Frog Patterns
Math is all about recognizing patterns. As Halloween approaches it is fun to combine your frog theme with Halloween symbols to create fun math activities. Today we will create a pattern with frogs, wizard hats and pumpkins.
Set up a math station with frog stamps, wizard hat stamps, pumpkin stamps and adding tape or paper strips.
Older, or more advanced students can write number sentences or functions to describe the patterns.
Be sure to explain how to use the stamps, clean up any messes and where to put all materials when finished.
Children create frog patterns and post them above the work station for all to admire.
Make a frog pattern for Halloween.
Make a pattern with pumpkins and frogs for Halloween.
Put a Wizard Hat on your frog to create a Halloween Frog Pattern for math class
Colorful pumpkin to be used in the frog pattern for Halloween Math
Adding tape encourages children to continue their math patterns and can later be used for skip counting. How often do the frogs, pumpkins and wizard hats recur?
Froggy's Halloween - Choosing a Costume for Halloween
Froggy has a hard time coming up with the perfect costume for Halloween. Read the story to the children to introduce this Halloween Art Center in your classroom or as a homeschool activity.
Children can experiment with all sorts of costumes by stamping the frog and then drawing or pasting costumes onto the frog to see what each costume might look like.
Set this activity up in the art center. Add frog stamps, crayons or markers and other decorating materials with plenty of paper. Children can post their creations on a bulletin board near the Art Center.
Later on, try categorizing the children's costume creations and graphing them. You might put all the vampire frogs in one column and the princess frogs in another, for example.
Art is a wonderful way to engage children in math as well a vocabulary development.
Note: Watch our for a questionable rhyme about pulling down underpants. Just explain how funny it is but that we would never actually do it and you will be fine with this book.
Froggy can't decide what to wear for Halloween.
Stamp the frog and dress him or her up for Halloween.
Frog Costume for Halloween - Green Sweat Suit for a Halloween Frog
Encourage your children to dress in green sweat suits to look like frogs. To get even more in the mood, children can be allowed to hop around the room feeling like frogs, getting out that excess energy and exercising while continuing the frog theme.
Surprise your students when you come to school dressed as a frog. Invite the children to create their own frog masks and costumes as we imagine being frogs living in and around the frog pond. Frog costumes add delight and spark imagination when writing, observing and thinking about the lives of frogs.
Some may associate frogs with spring but frogs are with us all year round. At Halloween children like to dress up and frogs and create frog patterns or create frog costumes. What about you? How would you use a frog theme at Halloween time to teach your children?