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This classic ballad makes for a fun story and song. Grab our free Frog Went A-Courtin’ unit study and lapbook and start learning.
Thanks to Wende for writing the lessons for this Frog Went A-Courtin’ unit study.
Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study Lessons
This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Frog Went A-Courtin’ by John Langstaff.
Here are some sample lessons from the Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study:
Ballad: A ballad is a poem, which tells a story. Sometimes it is read and sometimes it is sung. Frog Went A-Courtin’ is a ballad that was handed down through many generations, modified as it went. Be sure to read “The Story of this Story” in the front of the book, explaining how the author came to choose the different verses for this ballad.
Repetition: Sometimes an author will use a literary device called “repetition”. This is the repeating of a word or phrase within a poem or story to create a sense of rhythm. As you read through Frog Went A-Courtin’, see if your child can pick out the repetitive phrase throughout the story, “next to come in…”
Continue the Song: The very last verse of the ballad says, “If you want anymore, you must sing it yourself!” Have your child think of what may have happened next in the story. Encourage him to write two or more verses continuing the story of Frog and Mousie. Did they travel around the world? Did they settle in France and have children? Did the cat get aboard the boat too, chasing them around throughout their trip? Encourage creativity!
Romance: In the second to last verse, the author writes, “And this is the end of my romance”. A romance is a form of literature, sometimes in verse, which presents life how we would actually like it, not necessarily how it is. Romances are usually filled with adventure, love, and excitement. Discuss with your child what parts of the story are adventurous. What parts display love? Look at the picture of the cat breaking up the party. Doesn’t it show lots of excitement? The author did a good job covering all the elements of a romance in a very simple way.
You can grab a copy of the entire Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.
Frog Went A-Courtin’ Lapbook Printables
In addition to the lessons, this file includes printables for a Frog Went A-Courtin’ lapbook or notebook. Pick and choose from these:
- Scotland Map Shutterfold
- Scotland Flag Simple Fold Book
- France Map Shutterfold
- France Flag Simple Fold Book
- Animal Classification Tab Book
- Miss Mousie and Frog Stationary Page
- What Is Courting? Simple Fold Book
- What Came from Scotland to America? Flap Book
- Vocabulary Flap Book
- Story Color Palette Fan & Pocket
- Pronoun Cards & Pocket
- Contractions Mini-book
- Frog Went A-Courtin’ Story Sequencing Strips
- Life Cycle of a Frog Notebook Page
- Animal Layer Books (let your student choose a few)
How to Get Started with Your Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study & Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Frog Went A-Courtin’ Unit Study:
- Buy a copy of the book, Frog Went A-Courtin’, or borrow one from your local library.
- Print the Frog Went A-Courtin’ unit study.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week with Frog Went A-Courtin’!
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