Languages › English as a Second Language Aesop's Fable: "The Frogs and the Well" ESL Lesson Plan Share Flipboard Email Print Federica Grassi / Getty Images English as a Second Language Resources for Teachers Pronunciation & Conversation Vocabulary Writing Skills Reading Comprehension Grammar Business English By Kenneth Beare English as a Second Language (ESL) Expert TESOL Diploma, Trinity College London M.A., Music Performance, Cologne University of Music B.A., Vocal Performance, Eastman School of Music Kenneth Beare is an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher and course developer with over three decades of teaching experience. our editorial process Kenneth Beare Updated January 08, 2020 Here is a free ESL lesson plan based on "The Frogs and the Well," including vocabulary and key phrase explanations and follow-up questions. Text of "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?" Key Vocabulary Words and Phrases Marsh - wet area, pondTo dry up - to lose all waterDamp - humid, wetBy and by - over time, eventuallyWell - A hole in the ground used to access fresh waterTo settle - to begin living in a new placeTo leap - to jump into Moral 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 to jump into the well?Vocabulary Building - Make a list of words related to these categories presented in the fable: nature and 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.