All About Amphibians Nonfiction Unit

Are you teaching your students all about amphibians? This packet includes guided reading strategies to learn all about frogs, toads, salamanders, newts, and more. There are two printable mini books included. One is all about amphibians and the other is comparing frogs to toads. There are also research projects for 4 different amphibians. I use this packet to integrate reading as well as research. I also included lesson plans for you to browse how I’ve used this packet in my classroom.


What’s included in the All About Amphibians Nonfiction Unit

Amphibian non-fiction books used:

• All about Amphibians (provided) Copy 2 per page

• Frogs vs. Toads (provided) Copy 2 per page

• Frogs by Gail Gibbons

• Why Frogs are Wet by Hawes



• Research Anchor Chart

• Schema, New Learning, Misconceptions



All about Amphibians mini book (9 pages) Copy 2 per page

• Schema worksheet

• Dig Deeper

• Label the parts of a toad

• Amphibian fill in the blank

• Amphibian Sort

• Colorful reptile characteristic cards (6)


• Frogs by Gibbons R.I. 1.1 Anticipation Guide

• Why are Frogs Wet by Hawes R.I. 1.1 Anticipation Guide

• If you Hopped Like a Frog R.L. 1.1 Fill in the Blank

• Tadpoles R.L. 1.1 Questioning

• Jump Frog, Jump 1.1 Questioning

• Better Move On, Frog 1.1 Holes or No Holes


Fish is Fish by Lionni R.L. 1.1, 1.3, 1.6, 1.7 & 1.9

• Text to Self

• Features of Fiction

• Questioning

• Point of View

• Character Analysis

• Venn Diagram


It’s Mine R.L. 1.1, 1.2, 1.5

• Recall

• Author’s Purpose

• Message

• Beginning, Middle, & End

• Main Idea & Details

• Character Analysis


Frogs & Toads

• Frogs and Toads Are Friends by Lobel Questioning (8 pages)

• Frog and Toad Together: The Garden by Lobel (6 pages)

• Frogs vs. Toads book: (9 pages)

• Venn Diagram

• Word Sort

• Cards to complete a class comparison chart


• Lifecycle of a Frog cut and paste

• Lifecycle REAL PHOTOS to create a class anchor chart

• Real Photos of a newt, frog, toad, and salamander



• Informative Frogs vs. Toads pre-writing and writing

• Informative Web & Writing All about Amphibians

• Amphibians can, have, and are chart

• How to Take Care of My Pet Frog pre-writing and writing

• If I saw Newt! Pre-writing and Writing


Word Work:

• Alphabetizing

• Syllables

• Word Search


Reports: (8 page template for each one)

• Frogs

• Toads

• Newts

• Salamanders



• Frogs

• Toads

• Newts

• Salamanders

If you like this product, you may also like the following:

All About Reptiles

All About Birds

This is also part of a weekly series and included in my MEGA guided reading bundle filled with activities for 40 weeks of fun! Read more about my Guided Reading with a Purpose curriculum here

©Megan Mitchell