Frog & Toad Are Friends

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Frog & Toad Are Friends

by Arnold Lobel - A compilation of five short stories about two inseparable friends. The minimal, hand-drawn pictures transport children to a simpler place. Frog and Toad could be a great introduction for young readers to chapter books.

Before:
Introduce the book and tell the children a little bit about it. Follow with a comment or question that is
related to the story such as, What would it look like to see a frog and toad playing together? Encourage a
discussion so the children can comment, ask questions, and express their feelings. Set the stage for
listening by asking an “I wonder” statement based on the cover illustration.
• I wonder what kind of book they are reading?
During:
Encourage the children to comment on the illustrations, ask questions, and predict what
will happen next in the story. Children gain confidence and a sense of achievement
through being able to correctly predict how a story will end. Point out “rare words” (e.g.,
those words that are not commonly used in every day conversation) and help the
children relate the meaning in a way that makes sense to them.
Read
Rare Words in Frog and Toad Are Friends
• path: a route along which someone takes
• melting: change from a solid to a liquid
• meadows: grassy field
• calendar: a chart showing the days and months of the year
• terrible: feeling ill or unwell
• sparrow: small brownish songbird
• slammed: close forcefully
• riverbank: ground rising up beside a river’s edge
• dragonflies: thin-bodied, iridescent flying insects
• shiver: to tremble or shake
• envelope: something that surrounds or encloses something else

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