Online Homeschool Curriculum - Sample Lesson (Lesson 1 Only)

    Poetry of Fables, Fairies, and Fauna Fables, Fairies, and Fauna    

Lesson 1: The Frog Who Wished to be as Big as the Ox

by Jean de La Fontaine

Performer: Librivox - Rosslyn Carlyle


There was a little Frog

Whose home was in a bog,

And he worried 'cause he wasn't big enough.

He sees an ox and cries:

"That's just about my size,

If I stretch myself-Say Sister, see me puff!"



So he blew, blew, blew,

Saying: "Sister, will that do?"

But she shook her head. And then he lost his wits.

For he stretched and puffed again

Till he cracked beneath the strain,

And burst, and flew about in little bits.

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    Poetry of Fables, Fairies, and Fauna Fables, Fairies, and Fauna    

Lesson 1: The Frog Who Wished to be as Big as the Ox

by Jean de La Fontaine

Performer: Librivox - Rosslyn Carlyle

Directions

Study the poem for one week.

Over the week:

  • Read or listen to the poem.
  • Review the synopsis.
  • Complete the enrichment activities.
  • Study the review questions.

Synopsis

A frog puffs up to grow as big as an ox and bursts into little bits.

Enrichment

Activity 1: Recite the Title, the Poet's Name, and the Poem

  • Each day this week, recite aloud the title of the poem, the name of the poet, and the poem. Instructors may need to prompt children line-by-line.

Activity 2: Study the Poem's Pictures

  • Study the pictures and describe them in your own words.

Activity 3: Narrate the Poem

  • After reading or listening to the poem, narrate the poem events aloud using your own words.

Activity 4: Color the Poem    (Not available for sample lesson.)

  • Click the crayon above, and complete page 4 of 'Poetry Coloring Pages for First Grade.'

Activity 5: Act Out the Poem

  • Pretend to be the little frog puffing up to be an ox.
  • Puff out your cheeks and try to make yourself as big as possible. Can you make yourself as big as an ox?

Activity 6: Create Novel Artwork Based on the Poem

  • One day this week, create artwork associated with frogs in a bog.
  • Use paints, crayons, pastels, Legos, blocks, or Play-Doh to create the artwork.

Review Questions

Question 1

What is the title of the poem?
1 / 5

Answer 1

The title of the poem is 'The Frog Who Wished to be as Big as the Ox.'
1 / 5

Question 2

What happens in the poem?
2 / 5

Answer 2

A little frog tries to be something he is not and suffers the consequences.
2 / 5

Question 3

Where does the poem take place?
3 / 5

Answer 3

The poem takes place outdoors in a bog.
3 / 5

Question 4

Who are the characters in the poem?
4 / 5

Answer 4

A little frog, his sister, and an ox.
4 / 5

Question 5

Does the poem teach us anything?
5 / 5

Answer 5

There are certain things about ourselves which we cannot change.
5 / 5

  1. What is the title of the poem? The title of the poem is 'The Frog Who Wished to be as Big as the Ox.'
  2. What happens in the poem? A little frog tries to be something he is not and suffers the consequences.
  3. Where does the poem take place? The poem takes place outdoors in a bog.
  4. Who are the characters in the poem? A little frog, his sister, and an ox.
  5. Does the poem teach us anything? There are certain things about ourselves which we cannot change.