A Toad for Tuesday is a story about two animals who are natural enemies in the wild. Owls are natural predators of toads. By learning about each other, Warton and George realize that their friendship is more important than being part of the food chain!
This unit is full of activities and resources to help you expand your knowledge of horned owls and toads, explore the concept of friendships and hands-on activities to have fun with.
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start life in or around ponds.
Toad eggs hatch in about 3 days.
Toads spend more time on land than frogs.
Toads are "cold blooded" ,which means
their body temperature is the same as the air,
water and soil around them.
Toads can absorb water through their
skin. This is how they "drink".
Toads hunt mostly at night. They
eat bugs, insects and slugs.
Toads can inflate themselves with air
to nearly double their size.
Toads hibernate in the winter.
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1. Owls hunt at ___________________.
2. Toads can"drink" by __________________.
3. Toads hunt mostly at ______________.
They eat _______________________.
4. An owl's claws are called ____________.
5. Owls regurgitate _____________containing
the bones, feathers and fur of their victims.
6. Toads are _____________ which means
that their body temperature is the same as the
air, water and soil around them.
7. Owls help us by ________________
8. The best time to see an owl is ______
9. People hurt owls by ______________
10. Toads ____________ in the winter.
regurgitate: to rush, surge or flow back.
stump: the lower end
of a tree or plant, left
after the main part is broken or cut off.
skimming: to move lightly.
a smell or taste suggesting
mold, damp, poor ventilation, or decay:
dreary: dull; without
hobble: to walk awkwardly; limp.
wax given out by bees,
from which they make their
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Look over the five questions below. You must choose three questions to write about. See the rubric following for the criteria needed to answer these questions.
1. Describe how accurately the author described toads, owls and their habitats. Was he accurate?
2. The story, A Toad For Tuesday, is about a developing friendship. Discuss an important friendship you have with someone. Write about some of the things that make this friendship so special for you.
3. How do you think Warton and George will continue their friendship with each other? What are some ways that they could do this?
4. Discuss how humans are threatening owls. What can be done to help the owl?
5. Why was it unusual for Warton
to be out in the snow? Is it unusual for owls to hunt toads? Link what
you learned about owls and toads to answer this question.
1. Use complete sentences to answer the questions.
2. Use correct punctuation and capital letters where needed.
3. Use descriptive language to describe feelings, situations, etc.
4. Link factual answers to new knowledge you have gained.
5. All answers should be at least 2 paragraphs in length.
by Michaela Gardner