Aesop's Fable Lesson - The Frogs and the Well

The Frogs and the Well

Two Frogs lived together in a marsh. But one hot summer the marsh dried up, and they left it to look for another place to live in: for frogs like damp places if they can get them. By and by they came to a deep well, and one of them looked down into it, and said to the other, "This looks a nice cool place. Let us jump in and settle here." But the other, who had a wiser head on his shoulders, replied, "Not so fast, my friend.

Supposing this well dried up like the marsh, how should we get out again?"


Look before you leap.

Key Vocabulary Words and Phrases

marsh - wet area, pond
to dry up - to loose all water
damp - humid, wet
by and by - overtime, eventually
well - hole in ground used to access fresh water
to settle - to begin living in a new place
to leap - to jump into


Look before you leap. - Look at all sides of a situation before making a decision.

Questions / Discussion

  • Why did the Frogs decide to move?
  • Why did they decide not jump into the well?
  • Vocabulary Building - Make a list of words related to these categories presented in the fable:
    1. nature
    2. movement
  • Do you have any stories / fables in your culture that has a similar message? If so, try to tell the story or fable in English.
  • Have you ever moved? If so, explain why you moved with as many details as possible.

More Aesop's Fables Lessons

The Frogs and the Well
The Ant and the Dove
The Ass and his Purchaser