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In this two-day project, students will use their creative writing skills and molding skills to show understanding of the developmental stages of a frog.
Students will first complete a table in which they must write the stage, write a description of the stage, and draw a picture of the frog in that stage. Included is a powerpoint and smartboard file (choose which you would rather use) that has all of the information for students to complete this table. Students will then put their creative writing skills to work and will write a story to “their adopted frog” explaining what they looked like as a baby growing up at each of the stages. After they have written the story, students will then mold the stages of a frog’s life using two simple ingredients. This two day project engages all students, and it makes students write an informational essay in a creative way.
Student directions, rubrics, a graphic organizer, and teacher detailed notes (including my recipe for the clay) are included.
MS-LS4-3: Analyze displays of pictorial data to compare patterns of similarities in the embryological development across multiple species to identify relationships not evidence in the fully formed anatomy.
Note: I use this lesson as a beginning lesson for this unit. After this project, students will only understand the embryonic development of frogs. (not any other animals)
I also blogged about this project here: