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Life Science: Learning About Tadpoles
Subject: Science
Grade span: K to 2
Duration: One week or longer (can be extended)
This lesson was excerpted from the Afterschool Training Toolkit under the promising practice: Integrating Science Across the Curriculum


This sample lesson is one example of how you can implement the practice of Integrating Science Across the Curriculum. In this activity, students read The Icky Sticky Frog, practicing literacy skills as they develop an understanding of tadpoles.

Learning Goals:



Safety Considerations Safety Considerations:
  • Talk with children about how to handle animals and their habitats in a way that demonstrates a respect for life.
  • Local pond water and tadpoles may be used, but take precautions to ensure that the water is not polluted. Seek assistance from local environmental resources.
  • Identify a safe place within your afterschool facility to maintain the tadpoles.
  • Practice good hand-washing techniques to protect the tadpoles and the students (count to 15 while scrubbing hands and fingernails with soap, rinse off thoroughly with water, use a paper towel to turn off the water, and wipe hands dry with a clean paper towel).
  • Follow guidelines for raising tadpoles to ensure safety for students and tadpoles.

What to Do:

Evaluate (Outcomes to look for):

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