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Lesson Plan: Hibernation (Science, Grade K)

frog lesson

Subject:  Science

Grade: K

Lesson Objective: To learn about how frogs hibernate

Common Core Standard:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RI.K.1- With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.




  • What do you know about frogs?  (Allow the students to answer.)



  • Frogs are animals that live in or near water and are an animal called an amphibian.
  • Amphibians are animals that are called cold-blooded.  That means that their bodies change temperature as the air or water around them changes temperature. 
  • If an amphibian is in warm water, their bodies are warm.  If an amphibian is in cold air, their bodies are cold.
  • What do you think happens to frogs in the winter?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Frogs hibernate in the winter just like many other animals.  Why do you think they hibernate?  (Allow the students to answer.)
  • Frogs hibernate because they would not be able to find food to eat or water to drink. 
  • Frogs depend on the air around them to keep them at a comfortable temperature.  When they get too cold, they can die.
  • Hibernating lets the frogs stay safe through the winter until it is warm enough for them in the spring.
  • We have talked about how bears, groundhogs and chipmunks hibernate by going in a burrow or a den where they are warm and protected while they hibernate.
  • Today, we are going to be reading about frogs and how they hibernate.  We will then answer some questions about what we have read. 
  • Does anyone have any questions?



  • Who would like to share your answers?  (Allow the students to share)

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