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I Don’t Want to be a Frog Activities and Lesson Plans

Teachers looking for lesson plans and activities for I Don’t Want to be a Frog will love this post. It includes tons of helpful information for planning your read aloud lesson!

With themes of self-esteem and positive self-talk, this I Don’t Want to be a Frog picture book by Dev Petty is a favorite in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade classrooms. It is sure to be a big hit in your classroom too!

Engage Your Students with I Don’t Want to be a Frog Lesson Plans & Activities in 3 Easy Steps:

  1. Read a summary of I Don’t Want to be a Frog.
  2. Check out the teaching ideas for reading comprehension strategies, grammar topics and social emotional learning skills that can be taught using this children’s book.
  3. Download the book companion to make lesson planning simple with I Don’t Want to be a Frog reading comprehension questions, writing prompts, teaching ideas & no-prep extension activities.

I DON'T WANT TO BE A FROG SUMMARY

Have you ever thought about wanting to be someone else? In the story I Don’t Want to be a Frog, a child frog tells his dad that he does not want to be a wet, slimy, bug-eating frog. He would rather be a cat, pig, or an owl. On his journey with his dad, he comes upon a fierce hunting wolf. The wolf shares that he does not eat wet, slimy, bug-eating animals, so him being a frog saved him! 

 

Told in dialogue format, this simplistic and hilarious book is an excellent way to lead discussions in identity and self-esteem. We join the frog on his journey to accepting that we cannot fight nature; we are what we are.

I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG LESSON PLAN IDEAS

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When it comes to writing lesson plans and finding activities for I Don’t Want to be a Frog, we’ve already done all of the heavy lifting for you.

We found this book was especially good at teaching the topics listed below.

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS

The text-based I Don’t Want to be a Frog reading comprehension questions focus on:

  • making connections
  • ask and answer questions
  • author’s purpose

LITERATURE-BASED SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING LESSONS

We found this story to be a great SEL picture book to promote:

  • self-esteem
  • positive self talk

GRAMMAR, VOCABULARY & WORD STUDY

  • capitalization 
  • contractions 
  • punctuation

I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG ACTIVITIES

You’ll receive all of the following resources aligned to the story:

  • comprehension questions
  • 30 writing prompts with themed paper
  • vocabulary activities
  • word study print & go activities
  • ideas for grammar lessons with focus sentence printables
  • social emotional learning discussion topics
  • graphic organizers to target specific comprehension skills and strategies
I Don't Want to be a Frog book companion
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BOOK INFO FOR ELEMENTARY TEACHERS

What are the reading levels for I Don’t Want to be a Frog?

  • Lexile® Measure: AD380L
  • Guided Reading Level: I – K
  • DRA Level: 16 – 18
  • Accelerated Reader Level (ARC): 2.1

Who is the author? Who is the illustrator?

The book was written by Dev Petty. It was illustrated by Mike Boldt.

What genre is I Don’t Want to be a Frog?

It is a fantasy book. You may want to check out our genre activities or read our blog post, How to Teach Genre to Elementary Students.

How many pages are in the book?

The story is 32 pages long.

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