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Over in the Meadow
by Jack Ezra Keats
Count the creatures that live in the meadow. Fireflies, fish, and frogs are some of the many animals waiting to be counted in this Appalachian rhyme.
Resources for Over in the Meadow:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)
Who lives in the meadow?
Math Connections:
Counting and Cardinality. Number Sense
Activities to Do Together:

Count the babies on each page together.

Compare the number of babies. Which mothers have more babies? Which have less?

Identify the animals on each page by their characteristics: the mother bird has wings so she can fly, the fish has fins so she can swim.
Extension Questions:

Are there three blue birds or four bluebirds in this poem? How do you know?

Count the baby crows in their nest. How many baby crows would be left if one flew away?

Point to the mother animal on each page. Before you read the page, ask your child to count her babies.

How many more babies does the mother bluebird have than mother fish?

Which mothers have less than five babies? Which have more than five babies?

How many babies did mother turtle and mother fish have all together? Show how you know.
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts
eight, five, four, nine, one, over, seven, six, ten, three, two
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