Number one for English language teachers

The Happy Frog song

Level: Elementary Type: Worksheet, Teaching notes

Three activities to go with the children’s song Five Little Speckled Frogs.

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Activity 1: Five Little Speckled Frogs song

Aims: To read and sing a counting song. To practise numbers 1-5.

Language: Numbers 1-5. Frog, log, cool, pool, speckled, eating, sat, jumped, delicious, bug, yum, nice, little.

Time: 30 minutes

Group size: Whole class

Materials neeed: 1 copy of worksheet per child (attached below), Five Little Speckled Frogs song, coloured pens for the board, 5 paper frogs and 5 paper bugs (beetles), blu-tack.

1. Draw a log on the board. Stick a paper frog on it. Teach log and frog. Use a different colour to make speckles on the frog and the log. Teach speckled. Teach on, sat, eating and bug. Use a blue colour to draw a pool. Draw a sun and suggest it’s hot on the log, but cool in the pool. Teach yum and jumped using mime.

2. Explain to the children that they are going to learn a song about five frogs (attach them to the board one by one and let the class clount them, forwards and backwards) who like to eat bugs. Use your paper bugs.

3. Play the song once then teach the song line by line.

4. Let the children sing the song several times.

Follow-up activity:

Five of the children act out the song, sitting on a ‘log’ made of coats or jumpers, while the rest of the class sings the song.

Activity 2: The Happy Frog song

Aims: To read and sing a counting song. To practise numbers 1-5. To introduce adjectives which describe feelings.

Language: Numbers 1-5. Frog, log, cool, pool, speckled, sat, jumped, eating, delicious, bug, yum, happy, sad, sleepy, angry, frightened, tree, rock, hole, leaf, flower

Time: 30 minutes

Group size: Whole class

Materials needed: 1 copy of the worksheet per child (attached below), Five little Speckled Frogs song, coloured pens for the board, 5 paper frogs and 5 paper bugs (beetles), blu-tack, visuals of happy, sad, sleepy, angry, frightened, frog, log, pool, big, tree, rock, hole, leaf and flower, 1 envelope (for follow-up activity).

1. See Activity 1 step 1.

2. Use the worksheet and the visuals to teach the adjectives happy, sad, sleepy, angry and frightened. Tell the children to number the frogs thus: 

1 = sad frog

2 = angry frog

3 = sleepy frog

4 = frightened frog

5 = happy frog

Use the numbers to check understanding: Which is the happy frog? etc. Then say the number and get the class to identify the frog.

3. Explain to the children that they are going to learn a song about five frogs. Attach the paper frogs on the board and let the class count them, forwards and backwards.

4. Play the song once, then teach the song line by line.

5. After the children have sung the song a few times, choose five children to come and act out each of the frogs, as the rest of the class sing.

Follow-up activity:

Team game Where’s the frog?

1. Teach tree, rock, hole, leaf and flower. Show the children how each feature can be drawn very simply and quickly. 

2. Split the class into two teams. Tell them you are going to ‘hide’ a frog next to a tree, rock, hole, leaf or flower. The children draw one of the places on a piece of paper. They have one minute.

3. You draw the place you have chosen at the same time and put it in an envelope. Stop the class, open your envelope and see how many children from each team have drawn the same place as you. The team with the most children who have read your mind correctly wins a point. Repeat.

Activity 3: Which animal?

Aims: To practice the alphabet. To develop reading skills. To consolidate animal vocabulary.

Language: Duck, giraffe, snake, monkey, parrot, elephant, rabbit, bug, kangaroo, zebra, which? jump, swim, fly, have, say, like, ears, neck, legs, stripes, big, long, bananas.

Time: 20 minutes

Group size: Whole class and individual

Materials needed: 1 copy of worksheet per child (attached below), pencils, visuals of duck, giraffe, snake, monkey, parrot, elephant, rabbit, bug, kangaroo, zebra.

1. Use the visuals or mime to introduce the animal vocabulary. Check the students are familiar with the alphabet.

2. Introduce Which? Then explain that you will choose a letter which is the first letter of the first name of somebody in the class, e.g. Which M sits next to Jo? Mario.

3. Before showing the children the worksheet, practise body parts and teach any new words. Ask: Which D swims? (question 2 on worksheet)  Ask all the other questions orally as well.

4. Give out the worksheets and read it through. The chidren can then circle the correct answers, working individually.

5. Check the answers as a class.

6. In pairs, children ask each other the questions and give the answers.

Answers:

Which B has six legs? (bug)

Which D swims? (duck)

Which E has big ears? (elephant)

Which G has a long neck? (giraffe)

Whick K jumps? (kangaroo)

Which M likes bananas? (monkey)

Which P flies? (parrot)

Which R has got long ears? (rabbit)

Which S doesn’t have legs? (snake)

Which Z has got stripes? (zebra)

Follow-up activity:

The children make up five puzzle questions about animals or other objects, and then ask a partner.

 

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