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Elementary School Science Lesson: Life Cycle of Frogs

Observe a science lesson at an elementary school, middle school, or community organization such as a museum, zoo, or after-school program.
· Discuss your observations. Include the following in your comments:

o Strengths of the lesson
o Weaknesses of the lesson
o Evidence of inquiry learning
o Questioning techniques used
o Assessment of learning
o Differentiation of the lesson, if any
o Incorporation of other content areas, if any
o Description of how you would adapt or modify the lesson and learning activities to improve learning

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Attachment includes the handout, available from Google images: life cycle of the frog
This lesson is on the life cycle of the frog. It is for 3rd grade.

Handout:Life cycle of the frog

Materials: glue sticks
paper plates (small dessert ones)
blue construction paper
Recording of frog calls (computer and Web)
Class display board for terms

Students listen to frog calls from Web site: www.berkshiremuseum.org/frogs/index.html
Students are asked what animals lay eggs: many answer chickens, of course.
Teacher also explains that other creatures also lay eggs, and shows the class the frog handout.
Students individually color the frog handout using crayons.
Teacher lists lesson target vocabulary on the board: adult, frog, egg, ...

Solution Summary

Described observation of elementary science lesson on the life cycle of frogs. Web resources cited (URL). OTA commentaty on lesson- discussion/analysis questions answered.