Teaching Process Skills with Children’s Literature: The Frog Scientist

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The Frog Scientist is written by Pamela Turner with photographs by Andy Comins. This book follows Dr. Tyrone Hayes through his investigation of the effects of pesticides on frogs. It is filled with many photos of different species of frogs and provides a detailed description of Dr. Hayes’ experiment with wild leopard frogs. The back of the book contains useful information such as a glossary of scientific terms, pictures of featured frogs and toads as well as helpful websites.

Curriculum Connections
The Frog Scientist is perfect for 5th graders learning data collection and analysis (SOL 5.1.h).  This book can also be used to explain the development of frogs and as an opening to a larger lesson on the effects humans have on the environment. This book has a large amount of text so it is not recommended for younger grades.

Additional Resources

Book: The Frog Scientist
Author: Pamela S. Turner
Photographer: Andy Comins
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 58 pages
Grade Range: 5-6
ISBN: 978-0-618-71716-3