Frog Pond Collage: Two book GIVEAWAY

October 25, 2010

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Book of the week GIVEAWAY: Frogs by Nic Bishop and See How They Grow: Frog by DK (*with stickers)

Why we love these books:

We love all of Nic Bishop’s nonfiction books full of amazing photos and interesting facts. Children love his books. See How They Grow: Frog teaches the life cycle of a frog through up-close photos and simple text. Even Miss Enigma, age three, could follow the stages of the life cycle.  However, if you have older children this book will be perfect for independent reading and research. We combined these two books with Scoot!, our book GIVEAWAY last week, for a little writing and project inspiration.

The Life Cycle of a Frog Pond Collage

* this project took a week to complete!

Step 1: Read Aloud See How They Grow: Frog

Step 2: Journal Writing / The Writing Process

Brainstorm: MacGyver talked through the stages of the life cycle as I recorded important words on the practice side of his journal.

Draft One: MacGyver independently wrote each stage of the life cycle in his journal.

Edit: I helped MacGyver edit and correct his mistakes.

Final Draft: MacGyver independently typed his book on the  computer. MacGyver is learning keyboarding using a FREE and fun little website: Dance Mat Typing

Step Three: During project time, create a pond collage background inspired by . . .

last week’s Book GIVEAWAY: Scoot! by Cathryn Falwell.

Following Cathryn Falwell’s lead, MacGyver spent time outside looking for natural items to add to his collage.

Preschool Adaptation: The Life Cycle of a frog

While MacGyver is busy working on his collage, let’s take a peek at the other end of the table and Miss Enigma’s,  pond collage (age 3).

1. I prompted Miss Enigma by asking: What color should we paint the pond water? She painted her pond blue.

2. Next question: What color is the grass around the pond? She painted green grass around her pond.

3. Miss Enigma cut green scraps of paper and tissue and glued them around her pond.

4. Miss Enigma added the stickers from our book See How They Grow: Frog to complete her collage.

Mean while wrapping things up at the other end of the table with MacGyver . . .

Step 4: Publish Book! MacGyver and I worked together to complete the published copy of his book.

He created only one pond collage background for his book.

For each page he used a little sticky tack to add his text and life cycle frog stickers to his collage.

I scanned each page into the computer. After I scanned each page, he reassemble his text and frog stickers to create the next page of his book.

Join the kiddos as they create a habitat for a bucket full of baby frogs!

We’re GIVING away one copy of Frogs by Nic Bishop and See How They Grow: Frog by DK

To enter this contest, just answer the following question in the comments section of this post.

So do you like frogs? Or are they just slimy little critters to you? MacGyver and Miss Enigma love frogs! (Or just say “Hey.” We’re flexible around here.)

The Rules:

One entry per person, please.

No entries after 8:00 pm Central Time, Thursday, October 28, 2010

The winner must be a resident of The United States.

The winner will be selected at random and announced Friday, October 29, 2010. Check back it might be you!

Life with Jeannine

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Cammie Talley October 25, 2010 at 7:41 pm

More than a little icky! LOL

Alice October 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm

I like frogs but I LOVE turtles!

Amanda October 25, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I was quite the frog catcher about 20 something years ago. Today I still like frogs, but only for looking. I love when the cute little tree frogs hang out on the window by our front door.

Inspired Kathy October 25, 2010 at 10:04 pm

I like frogs. I think they are cute, not slimey!

Robin October 25, 2010 at 11:00 pm

We love frogs! I found some eggs and brought them into the class we watch as they grew and turned into frogs. The children we amazed all along the way. Before I took to the to the park the children all got to hold a frog. Every frog had a name and was released back to nature. I documented the process along the way and we made a book at the end of the year. It was a cool frog year for us last year. This year we had no eggs, so I guess we will rely on our book to learn about these special creatures.

Cathryn Falwell October 26, 2010 at 12:14 am

This isn’t an entry—just want to say that I LOVE the collages your creative children made! What fun!
Frogs are, in fact, quite dear to us. We live on Frog Song Pond, which has at least four kinds of frogs, and a very healthy population of Eastern Painted Turtles.

Tiffany October 26, 2010 at 8:54 pm

Ok first off we love frogs. Ok not me so much but the children, yes. More importantly, I must thank you for simplifying my life by suggesting the use of the same collage backdrop throughout a book. It would seem such a simple obvious thing but I just had never thought to do it. THANK YOU!!! (Maybe I am slow. I don’t know).

Ellie October 27, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Yes, I love frogs! Thanks to the Disney version of The Frog Prince, I see every frog as a semi-mystical, magical creature. But apart from that, I love frogs. We enjoy visiting ponds throughout the seasons and observing the life there, and frogs are so much a part of our experience. Also, my husband is quite adept at catching frogs, so we often get a close-up look at them and their colorful bellies!

Julie November 2, 2010 at 6:24 pm

Thanks for stopping by The Adventures of Bear and joining our linky. It would be great if you could add a link back to our blog in your post to say you are participating. ( I’m going to browse around your blog a bit. I had never heard of it. It looks great so far:)

Jennifer March 10, 2011 at 10:42 pm

I love the book idea! Thanks for the typing program recommendation! I’ve been wanting something “inexpensive” for the kids to start learning. I’ve already got it bookmarked!

The girls are fascinated by animals, bugs, and all things science. This project would be perfect for them!


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