Sing along with me. “Over in the meadow…” Yes, today we are singing, reading, and do lots of book activities to this ear worm song. Enjoy using these Over in the Meadow activities.
Over in the Meadow Books
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It’s so fun to gather a collection of Over in the Meadow books and compare similarities and differences especially in the illustration styles. Also, you’ll notice some different animals from version to version.
Jane Cabrera is known for her nursery rhyme and song books too. Check out her verison of Over in the Meadow. I have so many of her books. I love the playful illustrations and the big number on each page spread. This one is a great pick for story time.
Over in the Meadow illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats is a soft and beautiful version of the story. Page through three bluebirds, four muskrats, and all the way to ten little fireflies.
Over in the Meadow by John Langstaff version includes vintage images (Can’t believe I’m saying vintage because this book was published the same year I was born!) are filled with detail.
Marianne Berkes has a series of variations of the story. Check out Over in the Grasslands, Over in the River, Over in the Artic, Over on the Mountain, Over on a Desert, and Over in the Jungle.
Over in the Meadow Song
Sing along with the Barefoot Books version of the book and song.
I also enjoy Laurie Berkner Band’s version.
Over in the Meadow Activities
*I used Jane Cabrera’s version of Over in the Meadow when creating these activities.
Over in the Meadow Counting Cards
Grab some clothespins and clip to the correct number after counting the animals on each card. You can work on number and number word correspondence and other letter work with the cards too. Printable available below.
Over in the Meadow Play Mat
This mat can be used as a background for a story retelling. Students can add manipulative objects on and off the mat for each verse of the song. This also allows for counting practice. Alternately, students could draw the animals as they appear on the mat. Printable available below.
Name each animal in the story and clap the number of syllables in each word.
Turtle=2 Fish=1 Owls=1
Rats=1 Bees=1 Ducks=1
Frogs=1 Lizards=2 Worms=1
End Page Practice
The end pages at the back of the book are a canvas for further counting learning. Children could count out small items such as buttons and put them on the correct matching number.
Over in the Meadow Activity Printables
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susan brooks says
I’m using this series for my summer reading program.
Jodie Rodriguez says
What a great idea!