1. Teacher will ask students to turn and talk with their partner about what they already know about frogs or toads. The teacher will pass out sticky notes to each group of students and ask them to write something they know about either a frog or a toad.
2. Show students the T-chart labeled Frogs and Toads. Each group will be given an opportunity to share what they wrote on their note. They will post their sticky notes on the T-chart according to whether it relates to frogs or toads.
3. Show the attached video clip. Introduce the book Frogs by Gail Gibbons. Tell the students they will be reading a story that will tell facts about Frogs. Tell them as they read to pay close attention to the detailed pictures, headings, captions, diagrams, and labels included in the book.
4. Pass out copies of the books for students to use as you read the story orally with the class. (If you do not have enough copies of the text for each student to have their own copy, then allow students to share in small groups.) Read the story orally whole group. Point out important pictures, headings, diagrams, and captions that help the students have a clearer understanding of frogs and toads.
5. After reading the story, ask the students to locate the pages in the book that show the diagrams of the frog and the toad. Point out to the students that the picture diagrams give information that the story did not include. Draw attention to the information that would be missed if they skipped over these two pages. Use the diagrams to compare a frog to a toad. Ask the students to contribute either differences or similarities of frogs and toads. Record their information onto the Venn Diagram.
6. Pass out the paper slips and ask the students to choose either the frog or the toad. Draw a picture of their choice and label it using the diagram available in the text.
7. On the back of their picture write a sentence about either the frog or the toad.
8. Give the students an opportuntity to share drawings, pictures, and writing with classmates.
9. Revisit the T-chart made at the beginning of the lesson. Ask students to turn and talk with their partner again. Pass out sticky notes and ask them to write something they learned in this lesson about either a frog or a toad. Let students share their responses.