Student Engagement: Frog Pond Activity
The purpose of this 5-10 minute activity is to engage your students in a game of concentration as students try to follow the route of the frog as it jumps from lily pad to lily pad in search of a meal.
How it works:
For this activity, you will need to do one of two things:
If you have a device that can project the Frog Pond from your computer to a screen, you may have to reduce the size of the Frog Pond handout so the entire “pond” can be viewed on the screen.
If you have a document camera in your room, then you will need to print off one of the Frog Pond handouts in color and then place it under the document camera to project onto a screen
-Prior to the activity, print off a Frog Pond handout. Then mark the route that the frog will take in search of its meal. All you need to do is write the number “1”, then “2”, “3”, and so on the lily pads/log for the route that you want the frog to travel. You can make the route a simple one or a more challenging one (see examples on preview). Using a marker seems to work the best for this. Note: The harder the route chosen, the more time it will take.
-Once you have the route, determine which Frog Pond handout you want to use. One handout has numbers on it and makes it easier for students to call off which spot they are referring to, while the other has no numbers and will require the students to walk up and point to the lily pad/log on the screen.
Playing the Activity:
-Display one of the handouts and inform your students that they are to find the route of the frog. It is up to you if you want to tell your students where the frog is starting. If you use the numbered handout, students can simply call out the numbers. If you use the one without numbers, students will need to come up to the screen and point.
-To begin, call on a student to choose a lily pad/log. If the student guesses the correct one, then you can say “yes” and the student continues until he/she chooses the wrong spot.
-Choose another student to participate. This student should start from the beginning of the frog’s route. Be sure to say “yes” when the student chooses the correct spot. This continues until the wrong spot is chosen.
-This process continues until the correct route has been identified.
-The idea of this activity is to encourage students to pay attention to what is chosen. If they follow closely, it will be a lot easier.
-The activity should get easier as the correct route gets identified. But it is important that each time a student participates, that he/she start from the starting point.
-As you do this more with your students, you will see how you can make it more difficult or a little easier.
-This is a great activity to have handy when you have a few minutes before a transition of classes or at the beginning or end of the day.
-To increase engagement, have one of your students determine the route.
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