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Literature Based Kindergarten Curriculum, "Over In The Meadow"

Primary Literature
  • Over in the Meadow, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. I choose this for our second book for a couple reasons. First, it's a classic counting rhyme, one that I wanted to make sure my children were familiar with. I also enjoy Keats's illustrations in this book,  they are entrancing! Finally, I find it fascinating how many versions of this rhyme/story exist. Many people credit Olive Wadsworth for writing this rhyme in the late 1800's but it may in fact be even older. 

  • Vocabulary words to review
    • Meadow - grassland 
    • Chirp - a short high-pitched sound
    • Even - equal/same
    • Bask - to lie in a warm spot
    • Shady - free of sun and heat

Complementary Literature:
"On, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive. 
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten, 
But I let it go again. 
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so. 
Which finger did it bite?
The little one upon the right."

Learning Activities/Games:
  • Green rice with meadow animals and measuring cups. 

  • Clipping the correct numerals, the children arrange the cards in order and them put a clothespin over the correct digit.  I have made this printable available (for free) here

  • Mimic the animals' actions. Have the children sit in a large area and then call out the animal and there action. For example: "turtles, dig".

  • For this book we decided to recreate one of the books pages. The book uses a blend of watercolor and collage. So I decided to have the kids make marbled colored animals first and then glue them on to a watercolored background. We used the shaving cream method of marbling

Supplies: large pan/tray, shaving cream, food coloring*, toothpick, white construction paper
squeegee, watercolors, paint brush, marker, scissors, glue. 
*this will stain hands, you can use acrylic paint instead off food coloring which washes off easier

Step 1: Have children fill cake pan with shaving cream. 

Step 2: Add food color (in the colors of your animal) to shaving cream
Step 3: use toothpick to swirl colors

Step 4: press construction paper down on shaving cream.

Step 5: Lift up and use a squeegee or other flat service to remove shaving cream from paper.
Let dry.

Step 6: While marbled paper is drying, use watercolor paints to create your background.

Step 7: Once the marbled paper is dry, draw your animals (we asked Jeremy to do this for us) on the marbled paper, and then cut them out. 

Step 8: glue animals on to water colored background

Now you are ready to display your artwork with pride. 

If you've done an Over in the Meadow activity/unit,  please leave a link in the comments below.

Please check our homeschooling page for more children's literature and unit ideas. 


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