Basics about Toads
The first site provides a written description of toads (be sure to only review the "What are toads?" and "Apperance" sections). The second site provides images of toads found in Georgia, as well as the calls for each toad.
What do toads look like?
What do toads sound like?
Let's click here to read about toads and after we will click here to see pictures and listen to toads.
|A Toad's Home and
This site provides information on the eating habits of toads as well as toad habitats. This site also helps renierate the observations of how a toad looks.
What do toads eat?
Where can toads live?
Do you think toads can live at your home? Where? Why?
Lets click here to learn more about where toads live and what they eat.
This site tells how toads help keep gardens healthy.
How do toads help gardens?
How can you attract toads to your garden?
Let's click here to learn how toads and gardeners can be friends.
This site illustrates the toad life-cycle by using pictures. The second site has Kermit the frog singing a song about tadpoles growing up.
What do tadpoles (baby toads) look like?
What happens to tadpoles as they grow?
Lets click here to see how toads grow.
(Please note that the cycle shown is for frogs, except for the eggs, which are laid in a long row for toads, everything is the same for toads)
Click on the toad to see Kermit the Frog sing about tadpoles growing up. e
This first site explains the differences and similuarities of frogs and toads. The second site has many different pictures of frogs and toads, which the children can differentiate.
How are frogs and toads the same?
How are frogs and toads different?
To learn more about the differences and simularities in frogs and toads click here.
Click on the toad to see if you can tell the diference between a frog or toad.
While reviewing the web sites we wrote information on our toad poster, we were even able to pet a toad puppet! After looking at the sites, we created a picture of a toad in its natural habitat on a piece of construction paper. We used supplies such as paper and insect glitter stickers, markers, and glue sticks to make each toad unique. Lastly, we attached the pictures to our toad garden poster!
Totally Toads Lesson
General InformationGrade Level: Pre-K
Subject Area(s): SCIENCE - TECHNOLOGY
Total Duration of Lesson: 35 – 40 minutes
Title of Lesson - TOTALY TOADS
This lesson integrates science and technology to teach children about animals. The animal that is the focus of this lesson is the toad.
Primary Learning Outcome(s) (PLO)
The student will use the computer to find information about toads.
CHART REVIEW ACTIVITY As the teacher goes through each section of the web page, children are asked to recall information they learned about the animal. The teacher records the information on chart paper using colorful markers.
HANDS-ON ACTIVITY Students will create a picture of a toad in its natural habitat on a piece of construction paper. They will use supplies such as paper and glitter pieces, pom-poms, crayons, markers, glue, sticks, etc.
SD1 e Records observations through dictating to an adult, drawing pictures or using other forms of writing
HPD 2 Children will participate in activities that foster fine motor development
HPD 2 b Uses eye-hand coordination to perform fine-motor tasks
Materials and Equipment
Access to a computer with Internet connection
Cristy's Totally Toads Web Page : http://valdosta.edu/~csparlor/topic.html
Chart paper and colorful markers
Art supplies: such as glitter, glue, paper bits, pom-poms, markers, crayons, etc.
Sample pictures or actual animal
Pencil and Paper for teacher to make notes
A physical example of a toad such as a puppet or a real toad from your backyard
List of Web Site Titles and URLs used in the web page
Frogs and Toads of Georgia:
Toads at Nature Haven:
Homes for the Garden:
Muppets - Tadpole
Toad Vs Frogs
This is a computer-based activity. Children will work in a small group with the teacher who will show them the web page that he or she developed on the animal. The children will find information based on questions developed by the teacher, which are related to each of the web sites.
"Have you ever seen a toad?"
are some things
you know about toads?"
"Let’s go to my web site to find out more."
Estimated Time: (1-3 minutes)
Teaching the Primary Learning Outcome(s).
through each section and review the web sites. Remember
that young children have shorter attention spans,
children to take turns using the mouse to point to pictures and
links to find new information.
Go to the
web site and show the children your page.
Basics about Toads
Check for understanding before going on to the next section by doing an informal review. As they give you the answers,write them on the charts in brief phrases or sentences.
A Toad's Home and Meals
Gardeners like Toads
Students will take turns finding information by pointing and clicking on links to find answers to the questions.
Estimated Time: ( 20 minutes)
Step Three: Closure
through the five sections of web sites and
completing the chart, read the information
about that they dictated.
Estimated Time: (3 minutes)
The students will create a picture of a toad in its natural habitat on a piece of construction paper. They will use supplies such as paper and glitter pieces, pom-poms, crayons, markers, glue, sticks, etc. to make each toad unique. Then, we will tape the pictures to our large toad habitat poster.
ASSESSMENT: Attached is a copy of a rubric for use by the teacher
evaluating the students by observing them and rating their ability to
demonstrate knowledge by their responses or by the hands-on product
completed. Include a separate rubric for
each student in the group. Complete the
rubric as the students are working or after they have completed the