Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

Bibliographic Information:  Lobel, A. (1992). Frog and Toad are Friends. New York, NY: HarperCollins.

Annotation:  The early chapter book discuss what Frog and Toad do during the different seasons.  The book focuses on the friendship between Frog and Toad and the activities they like to do together.  This book discusses what friends can do during the seasons and is a great book for early readers.

Genre:  Fiction

Grade Level:  Kindergarten – 2nd Grade

Interested Readers:  Readers who are beginning to read, and like animals could be interested in this book.  This book also has a theme of friendship which can interest many students.

Personal Response and Rating:  I enjoyed this book, I feel that this book is a good book for students who are starting to read, and is also a well writing and interesting book.  I would give this book a 5/5 star rating.

Text-Dependent Question:  What animals laughed at the toad when he climbed out of the river wet?

Reading Strategy:

a.)     Guided Reading Strategy from Gail Tompkins (Strategy #17)

b.)     Guided Reading Strategy is a strategy where the entire class reads the same book, but in groups that are formed based on instructional level.  The teacher works with a group of students to support their learning and uses strategies for guiding the reading.  Students individually read, and work on comprehension as a group.  Guided Reading Strategy is best for younger elementary aged students, English language learners and works on phonics and phonic awareness, fluency and comprehension.

c.)     With regards to this book and the reading strategy, this would be best to be used at the end of first grade or early second grade.  I would use the guided reading strategy during literacy time to help students difference learning based on students need.  As a group, students would read the same book, but the instructional strategy would be different based on the student’s goals.  As individual groups, students would read and discuss the book, and then the book could be used as a large group discuss as well.  This strategy would help the students on phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, and comprehension.