In the Classroom: Poison Dart Frogs

Anne Phillips subbed for a kindergarten class at Burnsville Elementary School. Students had been studying the rain forest, so she developed a lesson about poison dart frogs and red-eyed tree frogs. First she had students role play and act out the defense mechanisms of a poison dart frog. She chose 3 actors – a hunter, a poison dart frog, and a jaguar. Then she did a similar role-playing activity for the red-eyed tree frog, choosing 2 actors to portray a python and a red-eyed tree frog. The students then created frog puppets. They used simple folding techniques with construction paper for the frog body. Then they added tongues (some VERY long ones!), eyes, stripes, etc for the completed puppets.

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Penland School of Crafts
NC Arts Council
Community Foundation of Western NC

Teaching Artists

Anne Phillips
Pat Benard

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