A Typical Day for a Tree Frog

2nd Grade English Language Arts

Content Standard:


Domain: Reading: Literature

Topic: Key Ideas and Details

Standard Statement: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

Source: http://education.ohio.gov/getattachment/Topics/Ohio-s-New-Learning-Standards/English/Grade_2_ELA_Model_Curriculum_March-2015.pdf.aspx

NETS-S Standards Addressed:

✓ Creativity and innovation

✓ Communication and collaboration

✓ Critical thinking, problem-solving, & decision-making


  • Students will understand how to use multimedia tools by combining text and graphics on their slides.
  • Students will show comprehension by retelling main events in sequential order.
  • Students will understand language conventions when writing captions for their slide.


1. Read The Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley.
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2. Students will be called on individually to retell the important events that they remember from the book.

3. Create a flow chart on the Interactive Whiteboard and fill in each box according to the sequenced events from the students input.

  • For example:
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4. Each student will be assigned a different event/scene from the book.

5. They will illustrate that event and then write a caption on an index card.

  • For example:
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6. Scan the illustrations into the computer.

7. Put each illustration on a separate slide in Microsoft PowerPoint, following the sequential order of events from the book.

8. Add a text box on each illustrated slide.

9. Students will use the Interactive Whiteboard to type or write the caption from their index card, into the text box on their illustrated slide.

10. For the last slide ("Authors"), the students will sign their name using the Interactive Whiteboard and the drawing tools in Microsoft PowerPoint.

11. Present Final slideshow.

12. Print out a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and display in the classroom for the students to view.

Evaluation Plan for Students:

  • Evaluate and assess comprehension of The Red-eyed Tree Frog by Joy Cowley, by completing the flow chart as a class and through participation.
  • Evaluate and assess the student’s illustrations of their assigned event, for accuracy.
  • Evaluate and assess the students caption for their illustration and assigned event.

Lesson Reflections and Notes:

  • I believe this activity would be a very engaging and informal way to get students to understand sequential order by recreating those events and putting them in order through the use of technology.
  • Instead of making a paper book out of the illustrated events, students are more likely to be interested in using technology to create a slideshow of their individual work.