Why Frog and Snake Don’t Play Together Anymore Lesson

Why Frog and Snake Don’t Play Together Anymore Lesson

This lesson provides rich opportunities for students to practice their collaboration and animal character skills, while learning an important message about prejudice and the power of friendship. Featuring an adaptation of the African folktale “Why Frog and Snake Don’t Play Together Anymore,” by Karen L. Erickson, you may use this lesson to integrate Drama with Language Arts by allowing students to practice planning and performing a drama as a group, while identifying the characters, plot, and message of the story. We have also included step-by-step delivery instructions to help you guide your class through this lesson.  

Why Frog and Snake Don’t Play Together Anymore Story

Who ever heard of a frog and snake playing together? In this adaptation of an African folktale, Frog-Child and Snake-Child meet each other in the forest and become fast friends! They teach each other how to slither and hop and promise to reunite in the afternoon. However, upon hearing from their respective families about frogs’ and snakes’ prejudices towards one another, these two will have to overcome a lot to stay friends. Find out more about what happens when you download this story, as well as some tips and tricks for using this story in your drama or language arts curriculum.

Grade Level

  • 1st Grade
  • 2nd Grade
  • 3rd Grade
  • 4th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Animals
  • Body
  • Character
  • Characterization
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Cooperation
  • Imagination
  • Imitation
  • Mind
  • Partner Work
  • Personification
  • Planning
  • Plot
  • Practicing
  • Questioning
  • Story Elements
  • Teamwork
  • Theme/Idea
  • Transformation


  • Animals
  • Collaboration
  • Details
  • Language Arts
  • Main Idea
  • Narration
  • Personification
  • Plot
  • Questioning
  • Story Elements
  • Teamwork


  • Open