Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Unit Study: Frogs - Book List

The Icky Sticky Frog by Dawn Bentley This was the kids favorite fictional story for the unit. We read it LOTS of times. The pictures are beautiful. And even though it's a fictional story it is a great illustration of what and how a frog eats. We actually did our craft based around this story.

Growing Frogs by Vivian French this was one of the first books we read to start our units. It's a cute little story about a little girl who goes to a pond and collects frog eggs with her mom. They watch over the next couple months as the eggs turn to tadpoles then froglets and finally frogs. At the end of the story the mom and little girl return the frogs back to the pond.

National Geographic Frogs of course we love this book, we have always enjoyed reading the national geographics. Their illustrations are wonderful and the information is simply conveyed but good.

Diego Saves the Tree Frogs Treyton has enjoyed the Diego Tree Frog episode and the book was a big hit with Treyton.

Time for Kids Frogs
the pictures are amazing (as usual) and we read this book lots of times, I seriously can't say enough good things about this series. Especially for the price!

What's the Difference Between a Frog and a Toad? by Mary Firestone this book is good. Treyton didn't really care for it, mostly because he had a hard time wrapping his mind around Toads and Frogs being different (and the same) :) I had planned on touching on this topic and teaching it, but let it go after a few failed attempts. However, as far as the book goes, it was good.

Fun Facts about Frogs by Carmen Bredeson This is an informative book that is easy to read. The pictures aren't as great in this book as others but I would still recommend it. This was one of the only books that we read that said anything about frogs losing their skin... this is always an interesting topic for Treyton.

From Tadpole to Frog Following the Life Cycle by Suzanne Slade This particular book follows the life cycle of a wood frog. The books is illustrated rather than using real life pictures, which isn't a horrible thing but relevant, I think.

We actually read more books than this... we had LOTS of books this time and we really enjoyed reading and learning through books. These were our favorites and most read, hope you enjoy them!

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