Introduction: This poem is perfect to compliment
a science unit on amphibians and/or the life cycle of a frog. Begin by selecting various students to demonstrate Douglas
Florian's creative terms, "polliwoggle" and "polliwiggle." You should get some pretty funny responses from the students
to bring fun and laughter into the lesson. After the students have performed the terms, proceed to read the poem "The
The Polliwogs by Douglas Florian
Movements: The students can create their own version of "polliwoggle" and "polliwiggle,"
and then use the words in the poem for the indicated movements.
We shake in lakes,
To turn ourselves (All students should pretend like they are frogs.)
Into a frog.
Florian, Douglas. 2001. LIZARDS, FROGS, AND POLLIWOGS. San Diego:
Harcourt. ISBN: 015202591X.
Extension: This poem lends itself to movement and fun. After reading the poem
together several times, place students in groups of four or five. Have them act out the poem using the gestures
indicated for creative movement. Each group could then perform their version of the poem for the rest of the class to