I knew that we would have frogs and toads all over our property in the spring due to the creek right alongside our house. I must admit that since the middle of February our quiet and serene nighttime noise has gone to the toads croaking away (like that annoying kid who thinks everyone wants to listen to their less than stellar taste in music, LOL).
Luckily the house is very well insulated and the nighttime temperatures are way too cold to leave a window open at night so the only time I hear the toads croaking is when my husband or I take the dogs potty one last time before bed.
I found an excellent unit study over at Walking By The Way
(I LOVE her site by the way and have for years so please go check it out if you have not already!). I naturally sent my husband and the kids down to the creek over the weekend and had them catch a few frogs to bring back to our front yard for observation. I honestly know this will sound so silly but I could catch tadpoles all day long but I cannot stand to catch frogs (especially since most of what you will find around our neck of the woods will be toads). Here are the frogs/toads that my husband and the kids found:
We then added these worksheets and activities to this unit study:
From Enchanted Learning:
Frog Life Cycle worksheet (found at Teaching Resource Center)
Free power point presentations on this topic can be found HERE
All in all it was a great week learning about the differences between frogs and toads. The kids seemed to thoroughly enjoy seeing where the frogs/toads lived, watching them up close in action and getting to hold several of them. I must admit that our son really did not want to have anything to do with touching the frogs. Our daughter on the other hand could have probably been covered head to toe in frogs and been a happy camper.