Five Green and Speckled Frogs #SOL

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“Do we really have to take them back?” my students cried last Thursday morning. “Yes, I’m afraid we do,” I said reluctantly. I get just as attached to our fledgling Wood Frogs and tadpoles every year as my Kindergarteners. Later that afternoon we began our journey next door to the town conservation land trail that leads to the vernal pool to return three fully developed frogs and two in the process of reabsorbing their tails.

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Two and a half months ago, the conservation biologist whom we work closely with collected wood frog spawn from our vernal pool for seven Kindergarten classrooms in our district to head start. We each received approximately 20-30 tadpoles to raise until the end of the school year, giving them a better shot at survival. With just six school days left in the year, it’s almost time to take them all back to their natural home no matter what metamorphic stage they are in.

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But our journey on Thursday was just about our tiny new frogs. When we arrived at the vernal pool, one student suggested we recite our Vernal Pool, Vernal Pool. What Do You See? play, which I wrote for our annual Kindergarten Eric Carle celebration last week. (Think Brown Bear, Brown Bear, but with vernal pool and woodland creatures that make their home in the woods next to our school!) He thought all the animals might enjoy it. We formed a semi-circle around the banks of the vernal pool and begin reciting the play. (Click here to watch a video.)  A few lines in, a boy noticed a large Green Frog camouflaged in mud sitting on a piece of wood in the pool. He appeared to be listening intently! When he was still sitting there at the end of the play, the class burst into a rousing rendition of “Five Green and Speckled Frogs.” (Click here to watch a video.)

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And with that, I gently placed our very own “five green and speckled frogs” back into their watery home where they each hopped or swam away to (hopefully) live happily ever after.

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8 thoughts on “Five Green and Speckled Frogs #SOL

  1. Thanks for sharing this story. These students are so fortunate to have such a lover of nature as their teacher. So many great ideas in this post from the conservation biologist working at your school, to visiting the vernal pool, to the Eric Carle celebration, and the the students who sing! Can I join your class?

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  2. What a wonderful experience. This is not the kind of learning students would get just from reading about it in a science book. Love the videos. That frog sure is listening intently.

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  3. Such a great story! Before I even clicked the video, I could hear them breaking into song! It is true learning when children can connect one experience to another! It is the joy in working so closely with children! Thanks, again, for sharing another story from your work!

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this story! I can picture it all in my mind’s eye. What a cool experience. We just released some butterflies at our house and it was a huge deal to my 6 year old and 4 year old.

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  5. I love the sound of their voices–so sweet and young. I loved listening and appreciated those talking and those singing and how more voices joined in as the frog just sat there so content. There’s so much learning here. That and joy.

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