Unit Resources: Flip Over Frog

Unit Resources: Flip Over Frog

March 25, 2020 0 By Ryan Sanders

A Unit Resource for those that may want to make a frog-themed unit. We help with some of the leg-work, and you choose what fits your family/classroom. Inspired by the board game, Flip Over Frog. This Unit Resource is geared towards elementary school age.

For a printer-friendly version (almost all pictures taken out) of this resource, you can download the PDF here: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1PBaFy_ifWlhhK0MEdnREmZ1Y0ZWUJTrp

 

What are Unit Resources?

Unit Resources are not a lesson plan that tells you what to do in a series of steps. Instead think of them more as, we did some leg work for you in case you want to put together your own frog unit. We thought we would suggest some resources that we thought were cool or useful to use for a unit. We realized that each homeschooling/gameschooling family does things differently – some may be interested just in picture books to go along with a game and some may want craft, worksheets, etc.. We try to show a little bit of everything and we leave it to you to pick what is best for your family or classroom.

This being a gameschooling resource, we would like to take a moment and encourage the use of Flip Over Frog (or another frog-themed) game, every day in your classroom that you plan on doing a frog lesson (be it just one day or a week) as part of the unit.

This Unit Resource is geared towards elementary school age. 

Note:  Of course, while we want to make sure we offer safe links, we suggest using caution as you would always do visiting any website. Also for any videos, we suggest parents check them out first to make sure they are appropriate for your child. 

 

Flip Over Frog

Recently, Adventures in Gameschooling reviewed Flip Over Frog (see this review). It was a hit with the board game playing members of our family. The idea of using it to build a themed unit around came to mind. Which led to this resource, to help those who may want to use this fun game to teach their children more about frogs. 

 

Flip Over Frog

2-4 Players | Ages 6+ | Hub Games

Help your brightly coloured frogs take control of your little corner of the rainforest! Cleverly place frogs on the board to flip adjacent tiles, hiding some frogs and revealing others. Can you plan ahead, watch out for snakes, and flip your way to victory? — Hub Games 

 

Flip Over Frog uses poison dart frogs (though each frog in the game lives in separate ecosystems, and not together). However, many of these ideas can be used for frogs in general or with other frog-themed games. Though there are a few resources that deal specifically with poison dart frogs. 

Flip Over Frog can be found on Amazon.com at https://www.amazon.com/Hub-Games-Flip-Over-Frog/dp/B07YQGDCZL/

Other Frog-Themed Board Games

Don’t have Flip Over Frog? Or maybe you want to play multiple frog-themed games. Here are some others, to look into: 

Frogriders 

2-4 Players | Ages 8+ | Stronghold Games

Frogriders is a tactical family game in which you collect the custom-molded plastic figures by making them leap over one another. Each of the collected Frogriders enables you to keep it for scoring or return it to the tribe’s village in order to use its special ability. Due to the many different privilege cards and several scoring cards (of which only a few are used each game), there are a lot of tactical nuances to discover and many strategies to employ to win at Frogriders! — BoardGameGeek.com

 

King Frog

2-4 Players | Ages 7+ | Brain Games

King Frog is a fast-paced game about frogs moving around the pond. Players try to stay in the game for as long as possible and to land on the right spot. Spatial thinking, clever planning, and a bit of luck make this an engaging game for two to four players. –– BoardGameGeek.com 

 

Hey Froggy!

2-4 Players | Ages 10+ | R&R Games

The frogs have gathered for a race at the old watering hole! But with limited lilypads and plenty of frogs, they tend to pile up on top of each other. To reach the finish line in Hey Froggy!, you need to move the right frogs to the top of the piles to match your cards. The more you match, the farther you jump! Eat flies to get more chances to jump. First across the finish line wins! –– BoardGameGeek.com

 

Bullfrogs

2-4 Players | Ages 8+ | Renegade Games

In Bullfrogs, 2-4 players ages 8+ take control of warring factions of frogs and fight over lily pads in a pond over the course of 20-40 minutes. –– BoardGameGeek.com

 

 

Croak!

2-4 Players | Ages 6+ | illeo Games

In Croak!, you have a queen frog and servant frogs, and while moving them around, and if you land on an opposing frog, you eat it, thereby removing it. If your queen is eaten, you are out of the game. As you move, the tiles you land on can add effects to your movement. — BoardGameGeek.com

 

Froggy Boogie

2-6 Players | Ages 4+ | Blue Orange Games

It’s nap time for the baby frogs, but they still want to play! Players roll two colored dice and look underneath one eye of the matching big frog. If it’s blank, the baby frog can hop across the next lily pad. If there’s a frog on the eye, the baby has been caught! Remember which eyes to pass up to help your baby be the first to race around the pond. This delightful memory game is 100% wood — Blue Orange Games

 

Army of Frogs

2-4 Players | Ages 7+ | Gen42 Games

With a small pond and an increasing population you must Guard your territory if you want to survive. Rally your army of frogs into one troop and win the fight for territory. Army of frogs is a board-less, strategic, 2-4 player game. It is played with tactile frog tiles. The goal of the game is to connect your army of frogs. By using tactical maneuvering and strategic placement of both yours and your opponent’s frogs tiles, a minimum of 7 frogs must be connected into one continuous unit. — Amazon.com

 

Books

 

Beginner Readers Non-Fiction

 

National Geographic Kids: Frogs!  (National Geographic Readers Level 1) 

Carney, Elizabeth | National Geographic Children’s Books | 2009 | ISBN 9781426303920

WHAT WAS THAT? That’s the roaring burp of a bullfrog! SEE THAT? That’s the slick, shiny skin of colorful little rainforest frogs! Alive with froggy facts, this book has the coolest photos to bring kids deep into the swampy world of our amphibian amigos. — Penguin Random House

 

 

Tale of a Tadpole (DK Readers Level 1) 

Wallace, Karen | DK Children | 2015 | ISBN 9781465435088 

Starting out as an egg on a lily pad, follow the life of a newborn tadpole as he hides from the dangers of the pond including hungry goldfish and beetles, as he grows up into a frog. — Penguin Random House

 

Frogs  (Scholastic Reader Level 2) 

Bishop, Nic | Scholastic  | 2015 | ISBN 9780545605700

Join photographer and biologist Nic Bishop as he takes a closer look at frogs.

Now even the youngest readers can join Sibert Medal-winning photographer and biologist Nic Bishop as he takes a closer look at the world’s most amazing animals. In this book, adapted from his award-winning hardcover, Nic introduces fun facts about frogs and their bodies, habits, and life cycle. The simple, easy-to-read Level 2 text is perfect for beginners, and the eye-catching photographs will delight naturalists of all ages. This reader includes a brief author’s note, glossary, and accessible visual index. — Scholastic 

 

Fantastic Frogs   (Scholastic Discover More Reader Level 2) 

Arlon, Penelope | Scholastic | 2013 | ISBN 9780545572712

A level 2 reader in the Scholastic Discover More Reader series.Developing readers hop into the world of amazing amphibians with Fabulous Frogs. How do frogs’ bodies work? How do frogs behave, and why are they so important to our global ecosystem? All of these questions and more will be answered for budding herpetologists.A companion digital book poses evidence-based questions through mapping and charting interactive features, videos, quizzes, vocabulary “slams,” and “Serious-or-silly?” writing activities .— Scholastic 

 

Junior Non-Fiction 

 

Deadly Poison Dart Frogs (Small But Deadly) 

James, Lincoln | Gareth Stevens Publishing | 2012 | ISBN 9781433957444

Poison dart frogs are cute and tiny. They come in many eye-catching colors. These colors, however, aren’t meant to make them attractive. The bright colors tell other animals that they shouldn’t try to eat them. These vibrant amphibians are covered with a deadly poison that makes predators very sick. It’s so strong that some Native American tribes even used it to make poison darts for hunting. Readers will surely enjoy getting up close to these small but deadly poison dart frogs. — Gareth Stevens Publishing

 

Fierce Frogs (Cutest Animals… That Could Kill You!) 

Synder, Eleanor | Gareth Stevens Publishing | 2017 | ISBN 9781482449112

Tiny colorful frogs seem like they’d make the cutest pets—until you learn that they’re poisonous! In this riveting volume, readers head into the rainforest to meet tiny amphibians with a most deadly adaptation. They’ll learn where frog poison comes from and how perhaps just 0.0000004 ounce is enough to kill an adult man! They’ll also find out about the newly discovered species of venomous frogs that inject poison using their spiny head. Vivid photographs highlight the beauty of these creatures, while text stresses the need to keep a safe distance from all such fierce frogs. — Gareth Stevens Publishing

 

The Frog Book 

Jenkins, Steve & Page, Robin |  HMH Books| 2019 | ISBN 9780544387607

Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore form, color, and pattern, and capture the very unique nature of frogs in this brilliantly illustrated picture book. Perfect for fans of The Beetle Book, and young readers looking for nonfiction about this perennially fascinating animal.

Long legs, sticky tongues, big round eyes, and other dazzling features—what’s not to love about frogs?

In this magnificently illustrated picture book, Caldecott Honor–winning team Steve Jenkins and Robin Page explore one of the world’s most diverse—and most threatened—animals. With more than 5,000 different frog species on the planet, in every color of the rainbow and a vast number of vivid patterns, no creatures are more fascinating to learn about or look at. Jenkins and Page present a stunning array of these intriguing amphibians and the many amazing adaptations they have made to survive. – -Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Note: Publisher web page for the book as a downloadable resource for this book. You can find The Frog Book on pgs 21-22 of this resource. The web address to publishers book page is: https://www.hmhbooks.com/shop/books/The-Frog-Book/9780544387607

 

Fanatical About Frogs

Davey, Owen | Flying Eye Books | 2019 | ISBN 9781912497980

Did you know that there are over 4,000 known species of frog? Some are bigger than your dinner plate, while others are small enough to sit on your fingernail, and in between is about every colour and size you can imagine! Leap into this fascinating illustrated guide to the most diverse amphibians in the world, from the lumbering common toad to the beautiful but deadly poison dart frog. Find out where they live, what they eat and how we can protect them. — Penguin Random House 

 

Children Picture Books (Fiction)

 

The Frogs and Toads All Sang 

Lobel, Arnold | HaperCollins | 2009| ISBN 9780061800221

From Caldecott Medalist Arnold Lobel (1933-1987) comes a brand-new collection of rhyming stories about frogs and toads. Discovered by his daughter, Adrianne Lobel, The Frogs and Toads All Sang has the same warmth, compassion, and humor that is found in his best-loved work. Brimming with sweet silliness, this new book reminds us why Arnold Lobel’s characters continue to be so popular years after debut. — HarperCollins

 

Beware the Frog

Bee, William | Candlewick Press | 2008 | ISBN 978-0763639204

Sweet old Mrs. Collywobbles lives on the edge of a big, dark, scary wood, so it’s a good thing that she has a pet frog to protect her. Too bad for the Greedy Goblin, the Smelly Troll, and the Giant Hungry Ogre, who don’t take this little amphibian seriously (GOBBLE)! — Amazon.com

 

Frog and Fly 

Mack, Jeff | Philomel Books | 2012 | ISBN 9780399256172

Frog and Fly are constant companions. There is only one problem . . . Frog thinks Fly is delicious! This leads to a never-ending battle of wits with laugh-out- loud consequences. Told in six short comic stripstyle chapters, Frog and Fly will delight kids and leave them begging for yet another slurpy story. — Penguin Random House

 

Froggy Fable 

Lechner, John | Candlewick | 2005 | ISBN 9780763621230

An unexpected adventure changes a frog for the better — whether he likes it or not — in a modern-day fable that challenges readers to see their own world in a new way. — Amazon.com

Note: There is an activity sheet for this book, on the author page. It can be found here: https://johnlechner.com/froggy-fable/

 

I’m A Frog! (An Elephant & Piggie book) 

Williem, Mo | Hyperion Books for Children | 2013 | ISBN 9781423183051

In I’m a Frog! Piggie has some ribbiting news! Can Gerald make the leap required to accept Piggie’s new identity? — Disney Books

 

 

City Dog, Country Frog 

Williem, Mo | Hyperion Books for Children | 2010 | ISBN 9781423103004

In spring, when City Dog runs free in the country for the first time, he spots Country Frog sitting on a rock, waiting for a friend. “You’ll do,” Frog says, and together they play Country Frog games. In summer, they meet again and play City Dog games. Through the seasons, whenever City Dog visits the country he runs straight for Country Frog’s rock. In winter, things change for City Dog and Country Frog. Come spring, friendship blooms again, a little different this time. Mo Willems’ spare, poignant text and Jon J. Muth’s expressive watercolors team up to tell a story that will resonate with readers of all ages. –– Disney Books

 

by mouse & frog 

Freedman, Deborah | Viking Books for Young Readers | 2015 | ISBN 9780698144965

Fastidious Mouse has one idea about how to tell a story. Free-spirited Frog has another. What happens when Frog crashes into Mouse’s story with some wild ideas? Chaos!…followed by the discovery that working together means being willing to compromise—and that listening to one another can lead to the most beautiful stories of all. — Penguin Random House

Note: There are some downloads for by mouse & frog on the authors website at: https://www.deborahfreedman.net/parents-teachers

 

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog

Petty, Dav | Dragonfly Books | 2018 |  ISBN 9781984852083 

Frog wants to be anything but a slimy, wet frog. A cat, perhaps. Or a rabbit. An owl? But when a hungry wolf arrives—a wolf who HATES eating frogs—our hero decides that being himself isn’t so bad after all. In this very silly story with a sly message, told in hilarious dialogue between a feisty young frog and his heard-it-all-before father, young readers will identify with little Frog’s desire to be something different, while laughing along at his stubborn yet endearing schemes to prove himself right. — Penguin Random House

 

It’s Mine!

Lionni, Leo | Dragonfly Books | 1996 | ISBN 9780679880844

Three selfish frogs live together on an island in the middle of Rainbow Pond. All day long they bicker: It’s mine! It’s mine! It’s mine! But a bad storm and a big brown toad help them realize that sharing is much more fun. With characteristic clarity, simplicity and exuberance, Leo Lionni makes it possible for kids to see themselves through the antics of others who share our world. — Penguin Random House

 

Can I Tell You a Secret? 

Kang, Anna | HarperCollins | | 2016 | ISBN 9780062396846

He’s a little frog with a BIG secret that he’s ready to share. Monty learns how to face his fears with some help from his new friend—YOU! — HarperCollins

Note: A 6-page downloadable activities PDF can be found for this book here: https://www.harpercollins.com/9780062396846/can-i-tell-you-a-secret/

 

Frog on Log? 

Gray, Ken & Field, Jim | Scholastic Press | 2015 | 9780545687911

Peppered with catchy rhymes, FROG ON A LOG? shows young readers that every animal has a special place to sit. With rhymes that are reminiscent of Dr. Seuss’s beginner books, FROG ON A LOG? is a fun, educational read-aloud story that helps teach phonics! –Scholastic 

 

Green Wilma

Arnold, Tedd | Puffin Pied Piper | 1998 |  9780140563627

Wilma’s parents don’t know quite what to do when their daughter wakes up green and requests bugs for breakfast. At school, Wilma’s teachers are appalled by her unusually colorful antics. Wherever Wilma goes, surprises await her and readers of this irresistibly funny fable. — Penguin Random House

 

Picture Book Series 

    • Frog and Friends series

Bunting, Eve | Sleeping Bear Press | Book 1 ISBN: 9781585366897

    • Frog and Toad Series 

Lobel, Arnold | HarperCollins | Complete Collection ISBN: 9780008136222

    • Froggy series 

London, Jonathan | Puffin Books | Bk 1 Froggy Gets Dressed ISBN 9780140544572

 

Junior Fiction

 

Life According to Og the Frog

Birney, Betty G. | Puffin Book | 2019 | ISBN 9781524739966 

Og the Frog has just moved into Room 26, and the place is hopping. There are lively kids, new routines, and a furry neighbor who seems to squeak all day. Luckily, everyone seems friendly and–BING, BANG, BOING!–some even put juicy crickets in his tank. But just as Og is getting used to this new life, there is talk of sending him back to the pond. Sure, he misses his friends, but now he has a lot more time for his favorite hobby–making up songs and poems–and he loves listening to his new friends and giving them encouraging BOINGS just when they need them. And there’s that steady supply of crickets . . .

 Og doesn’t want to say goodbye to his new life or his furry neighbor. But will his classmates decide to keep Og as their classroom pet or take him back to his old life, at the pond? — Penguin Random House 

 

Doc Wilde and The Frogs of Doom

Byrd, Tim | Outlaw Moon Books | 2013 | ISBN 978-0989443302

To the world at large, Doc Wilde and his family are an amazing team of golden-skinned adventurers, born to daring escapades and globetrotting excitement! Join them as they crisscross the Earth on a constant quest for new knowledge, incredible 21st-century thrills, and good old-fashioned adventure! Now, with adventurous Grandpa Wilde missing, the Wildes confront the deepest mysteries of Dark Matter, penetrate the tangled depths of uncharted jungles, and come face to face with the likely end of the world in the clammy clutches of an ancient amphibian threat… THE FROGS OF DOOM! Now in deluxe illustrated editions, Tim Byrd’s Doc Wilde novels recapture the magic of classic pulp cliffhangers for readers of all ages. — Amazon.com

 

  • Stink and the Freaky Frog Freakout

McDonald, Megan | Candlewick Press | 2014 | ISBN 9780763666880

Stink may be super smart, and Stink may be uber clever, but he’s been in the Polliwog swim class frog-ever and he still can’t bear to put his face in the water. Why would he want a geyser up his nose, on purpose? But then something weird happens: Stink starts to see frogs everywhere — in the locker room, in his boot, in the bathtub. And when a freaky blue frog licks his arm, his froggy senses start tingling! He has an urge to slurp up raisins (that look like flies). He can’t wait to play in the rain and mud. He’s a wiz at identifying frog calls. And he has become very interested in the local frog population. Could it be that Stink is turning into . . . the amazing Stink-Frog, fighter of slime? Pree-eep! Craw-awk!

Croak! Squeenk! Ribbet! After a close encounter with a mutant amphibian makes him freaky for frogs, water-shy Stink becomes a swimming success. — Candlewick Press

Note: Candlewick Press does offer a free downloadable that goes along with this book: https://www.candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=Title&mode=book&isbn=0763661406&pix=y

 

The Frog Princess

Baker, E.D. | Bloomsbury | 2014 | ISBN 9781619636170

Princess Emeralda a.k.a. Emma isn’t exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey’s bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure-a quest to return to human form. –– Bloomsbury

 

Frogged

Velde, Vivian Vande | HMH Books | 2014 | ISBN 9780544225466

Princess Emeralda a.k.a. Emma isn’t exactly an ideal princess. Her laugh is more like a donkey’s bray than tinkling bells, she trips over her own feet and she does not like Prince Jorge, whom her mother hopes she will marry. But if Emma ever thought to escape her troubles, she never expected it to happen by turning into a frog! When convinced to kiss a frog so he might return to being a prince, somehow the spell is reversed and Emma turns into a frog herself! Thus begins their adventure-a quest to return to human form. — Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

 

Hands-on Crafts

 

Science Experiments

 Life Science Activity for ages 2 to 5. This kid’s science experiment is an oh so simple, hands-on way to learn how certain animals like frogs and turtles are able to survive winter’s freezing temperatures. — As per website

 

National Geographic Kids Resources

 

Videos

  • Amazon Prime offers a documentary called Nature: Fabulous Frogs free for Prime Viewers

2014 | TV Parental Guideline Rating: TV-G | CC | 53 Minutes | Originally aired on PBS

Sir David Attenborough takes us on a journey through the weird and wonderful world of frogs, shedding new light on these charismatic, colorful and frequently bizarre little animals through first-hand stories, the latest science, and cutting-edge technology. — Amazon.com Description 

 

 

Worksheets

These websites offer free worksheets. Though some of them may have a limit to how many you can view/download a month, and you may have to sign up for them. 

 

Ideas for reports or research for Middle/High School

  • Learning about different amphibians 
  • Learning about frog habitats
  • Have them do virtual frog dissection online
  • Research what are some environmental issues frogs are facing (and/or research, why frogs are considered a bellwether species) 
  • Research poison dart frogs and other animal defenses
  • Research Aposematism

Ryan Sanders is the founder, owner, and editor-at-large of Adventures in Gameschooling. He’s also the guy behind its social media accounts. God has blessed Ryan and his wife Mary, with five children, which he homeschools. As a Christian, he believes that he should not only look out for your own interests but other peoples too (Philippians 2:4) and this is one of his guiding principles for Adventures in Gameschooling. Ryan’s expertise is informed by almost two decades of experience as a stay-at-home father and from the running The Inquisitive Meeple where he performed over 300 written and podcast interviews within the board game industry.