Thursday, May 19, 2011

Frog Jumping Jubilee Day is Today - May 19

Read about the history of Frog Jumping Jubilee Day here.  It is held in Calaveras County in California, the setting for Mark Twain's story of a jumping frog, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County”.
We are studying ponds currently in our first grades, so this fits right in!  I read a book about ponds and we've read a number of books and articles about frogs.  Did you know that frogs have teeth?  Toads don't, though.
So - my poem for frogs
Tongue Twister Poem
A Tongue Twister poem is made up of lines/verses that are hard to say when read aloud 
by using similar consonant sounds in succession (use of alliteration).  In other words, the 
poem ties your tongue into knots.  This form does not require end or internal rhyme.

Funny 'phibian family of
Forty-four frogs
On four foot long logs in a fog
With fascinating flopping flippers
For fine fitting freshwater slippers
Feasting on freshest flitting fluttering fly-bys
Faithful friends, not fearsome foes
Of toads.


  1. No, I didn't know about the teeth. This is such fun, especially linking it with your pond study. Your students must love it. It's a good reading challenge, too! I did try to read it aloud, and flubbed!

  2. I am impressed how you find a surprising days, write a humorous piece, add an explanation of a poetic form and then create a poem. Today's tongue twister lives up to its name.


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