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.

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?
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.
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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