Frog or Toad?

By Patricia A. Lynch

Parts(3 plus):    Narrator     Frog(s)     Toad(s)
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Narrator 1:  Frog or Toad? By Patricia A. Lynch

Frogs and Toads: A frog and a toad look alike. Some things about them are the same. Some things
             are different. 

Frogs:       Frogs lay their eggs in water. They lay a lot of eggs. Hundreds and hundreds at one
             time. The eggs float near the top of the water.

Toads:       Toads lay their eggs in water, too. They also lay a lot of eggs. But the toad eggs
             look like long strings.

Frogs:       Frog tadpoles hatch from the frog eggs. The tadpoles have tails, but they do not
             have legs. 

Toads:       Toad tadpoles hatch from the toad eggs. These tadpoles also have tails and do not 
             have legs.

Frogs:       Soon the frog tadpoles have legs. The tadpoles' tails soon shrink up and fall off.
             These tadpoles will be frogs.

Toads:       Soon the toad tadpoles have legs, too. The tadpoles' tails also fall off.  But these
             tadpoles will be toads.

Frogs:       The frogs stay near water as adults. Frogs need to be near water.

Toads:       The toads live on land. They do not need to be near water anymore.

Frogs:       You can tell a frog from a toad. Look at the frog. A frog has smooth, wet skin.

Toads:       Look at the toad. A toad has dry skin. There are lots of bumps on its skin.

Frogs:       Look at the frog. It can make a sound in its throat. Croak! Croak!

Toads:       Look at the toad. It can also make a sound in its throat, too. Nee-deep! Nee-deep!

Frogs and Toads:  Now you know how frogs and toads are the same. 

Narrator:    And you also know how frogs and toads are different.