Hey, this is future Ticia 2022, I thought this would be fun to share for Frog Jumping Day, and so I’m updating this post to make it a bit better how to tell the difference between frogs and toads science lesson. With that, let’s get back to Past Ticia 2011 and let her tell the story:
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I thought it’d be good to review our study of frogs.
We read this book, Frogs by Gail Gibbons (future Ticia 2022 says, this is my best guess, Ticia 2011 used a now-defunct widget that disappeared from the post) and also reread the section on frogs and toads in our science book (our curriculum picks for this year).
Afterward, we talked about the differences between frogs and toads.
Earlier I had gone over to my swimming creatures pinboard and found this idea by Relentlessly Fun, Deceptively Educational (printable included there). She had linked it up to Science Sunday (my now-defunct linky) right after we’d studied frogs and toads, so I didn’t do it then but saved it as a review activity for a day when the kids wanted a craft and I wasn’t up for a big craft.
They happily colored and talked to me about the differences between frogs and toads:
- Frogs have longer legs for hopping.
- Frogs have smoother skin (generally speaking)
- Toads have shorter legs.
- Toads have bumpier skin.
We also looked at the difference between frogs and toads for more information.
It was even more impressive when we found a toad in a neighbor’s front yard and they correctly identified it, and then spent 10 minutes chasing the poor thing around the yard.
Future Ticia 2022 says it’s amazing I don’t have a picture of that toad given my propensity to take pictures of every frog or toad I find.
How to tell the difference between frogs and toads
Just to give you a few more resources, here is a great video on how to tell the difference between frogs and toads.
Here is a short video:
It has a weird computer-generated voice, but I actually found it kind of funny.
However, for younger kids, you might try this longer video particularly aimed at kids.
Future Ticia 2022 says I would never show my giant teens this second video because I would never hear the end of it. The first video though…
It’s so much fun when they show off what they’ve remembered from earlier lessons.