CHALLENGING WORDS crossbar fiddlesticks flopped glubbed snorkel spluttered touched underwater unwound whined SUMMARY Everyone's favorite frog is afraid of the water. His mother tells him that frogs are great swimmers and born in the water. With mothers help, Froggy learns to swim. --- Conversation Questions--- (1) Name the main character of this story? (Answer) Froggy. (Follow Up) Have you ever held a frog? (2) Imagine that you are froggy. Why do you want to learn to swim. (Answer) Any logical answer. (Follow Up) Did he turn into a good swimmer. (3) Suppose Froggy had stayed on the swings. What would have happened? (Answer) Any logical answer. (Follow Up) Do you like trying new things? (4) Compare the way you learned to swim to the way Froggy learned. (Answer) Any logical answer. (Follow Up) Have you ever taught anyone else to do something? (5) Explain what a "snorkel" is. (Answer) An apparatus that you use to breath with while underwater. (Follow Up) Have you ever used a snorkel. (6) Name the reason that Froggy would not get into the water. (Answer) He could not swim. (Follow Up) How old were you when you learned how to swim? (7) List all the swimmers in the story. (Answer) Mother, Rather, and finally Froggy. (Follow Up) Did your mother teach you to swim? (8) Recall the three things that Froggy wanted from his house. (Answer) Flippers, snorkel, and mask. (Follow Up) Do you use any of these when you swim? (9) Something happened that made Froggy turn red. What was it? (Answer) He lost his swimsuit. (Follow Up) Has anything embarrassing ever happened to you? (10) Sing a song that Froggy's mother taught him. (Answer) Have them sing it. (Follow Up) Why did this song help him learn to swim? Activities 1. Write a story about how you learned to swim. 2. List items you might take with you when you go to swim. 3. Draw Froggy as he is learning to swim. Make it a flipbook. 4. Make a list of as many animals that you can think of that live in or around water. Introductions 1. Show the children a frog, bathing suit, mask, and flippers. Discuss what they have in common. Tell them that we always think of frogs as being great swimmers, but Froggy is must learning to swim. Let's read and find out how Froggy does it. 2. If you can find some tadpoles, bring them in for the children to see. Talk with them about how they become frogs. Ask the children if frogs are good swimmers. Our friend, Froggy, is just learning to swim. Let's read about his adventures. 3. Show the children a bathing suit, mask, and flippers. Ask the children about when they learned to swim. Who taught them? Our story today is about learning to swim. Let's read and find out if Froggy is successful. Book Title: Froggy Learns to Swim Author: Jonathan London Illustrator: Frank Remkiewicz ISBN: 0-590-27452-X # of Text Pages: 28 AR: 2.0 LEX: 350 Building Oral Vocabulary 11 spluttered 13 flippers 15 mask, snorkel Prediction Questions 5 Where do you think Froggy will land? 19 Why is Froggy embarrassed? 27 How long do you think Froggy will swim? This resource is provided by THE LEARNING CORPS—Barren County Board of Education, an AmeriCorps project funded in part by the Kentucky Commission on Community Volunteerism and Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service.
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