Over in the Meadow

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Over in the Meadow

Over in the meadow, in the sand, in the sun,
Lived an old mother frog and her little froggie one.
"Croak!" said the mother, "I croak," said the one,
So they croaked and they croaked in the sand, in the sun.

Over in the meadow, in the stream so blue,
Lived an old mother fish and her little fishies two.
"Swim!" said the mother, "We swim!" said the two,
So they swam and they swam in the stream so blue.

Over in the meadow, on a branch of the tree,
Lived an old mother bird and her little birdies three.
"Sing!" said the mother, "We sing!" said the three,
So they sang and they sang on a branch of the tree.

Thematic Connections

Nature
Animals
Numbers

Things to Talk About

  1. Did you know the verse of the song about birds was also going to be about three? How did you know?
  2. What other animals might live in the meadow? Where would they live? In the meadow, in the stream, in the tree, in the grass, in the sand?

Curriculum Extension
For Fine Motor: Sand Play

Ages 3, 4, 5

Materials

  • Sand table or pan filled with sand
  • funnels
  • cups
  • sifters
  • strainers
  • plastic animals, etc.

Procedure

  1. Place the above items in a sand table or a pan filled with sand.
  2. Encourage the children to play with materials in the sand.
  3. Talk about animals and insects that hide in the sand like frogs, turtles and fleas.

Developmental Bonus
Fine motor development
Hand-eye coordination

Curriculum Extension
For Gross Motor: Fishing

Ages 3, 4, 5

Materials

  • Masking tape
  • 12-inch dowel
  • string
  • magnet
  • construction paper fish
  • paper clips

Procedure

  1. Use tape to make a boat shape on the floor.
  2. Tie one end of the string to the dowel and the other end to the magnet.
  3. Put a paper clip on the nose of each fish.
  4. Let the children fish from the boat by touching the magnet to the paper clip on the fish and lifting the fish into the boat.

Developmental Bonus
Hand-eye coordination

Curriculum Extension
For Language: Next Verse

Ages 4, 5, 6

Materials

  • Chart tablet paper
  • crayon or marker

Procedure

  1. Ask the children to choose another animal that might live in the meadow.
  2. Talk about where that animal might be in the meadow. (Remember, you'll have to rhyme with four, five, etc.)
  3. Write this new verse on the chart tablet paper.
  4. Sing the new verse with the children.

Developmental Bonus
Creative thinking

Curriculum Extension
For Math: Making Sets

Ages 4, 5, 6

Materials

  • Numeral cards
  • cutouts of frogs, fish and birds or an assortment of objects-
    • buttons
    • washers
    • pennies
    • bottle caps
    • crayons

Procedure

  1. Provide the children with numeral cards for 1, 2 and 3 and either cutouts or assorted objects.
  2. Encourage the children to make several sets of 1, 2 and 3 cutouts or objects.

Developmental Bonus
Numeration concepts

Curriculum Extension
For Social Studies: Where Do I Live?

Ages 4, 5, 6

Materials

  • Pictures of several animals
  • chart with columns for land, water and air

Procedure

  1. Invite children to sort the animals according to habitat.
  2. Sort by other characteristics-hair, no hair; lives in cold climate, lives in warm climate, etc.

Developmental Bonus
Concept development

Related Bibliography

Eastman, P.D. Are You My Mother? Random House, 1960. A baby bird falls from the nest and tries to find his mother.
Ets, Marie Hall. Play With Me. Puffin, 1976. A little girl tries repeatedly to get the forest animals to play with her, but they all run away. When she finally sits still, they all comenear.
Kalan, Robert. Jump Frog Jump. Morrow, 1989. Cumulative sequence story of a frog's narrow escape from a snake, a turtle, a fish and kids.
Lionni, Leo. Fish is Fish. Pantheon, 1970. A curious fish learns about the world from his frog friend's eyes. He sees birds, cows, and people from a fish point of view.
Lionni, Leo. Swimmy. Knopf, 1987. Several small fish band together to escape a big fish.

Related Records and Tapes

Beall, Pamela Corm and Susan Hagen Nipp. "Over in the Meadow" from Wee Sing Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies. Price Stem Sloan.
Moore, Thomas. "The Frog Family" from The Family. Thomas Moore Records.
Wisher, Tom and Teresa Whitaker. "How Does It Feel to Be a Fish" from We've Got to Come Full Circle. Folkways.

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