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Poetry Month with Picture Books

It’s Poetry Month! A great time to address the Common Core poetry standards in a fun and engaging way.

A suggested “Text Exemplar” for this standard is Over in the Meadow, a traditional song that’s been sung since the 1880s.

The song’s timeless charm has new appeal for children today in the form of a picture book series by Marianne Berkes.* Each of the books in the “Over” series follows the same pattern as Over in the Meadow while introducing various animals in specific habitats. 

Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World is her newest book in the series.

Here’s a complete listing of all seven titles with links to tips from the author and lesson plans; just scroll down the page alphabetically. Address CCSS and NGSS by reading one of these picture books with your children!

Over on a Mountain: Somewhere in the World
Over in the Jungle: A Rainforest Rhyme
Over in the Ocean, On a Coral Reef
Over in the Arctic Where the Cold Wind Blows
Over in the River: Flowing Out to the Sea

Over in Australia: Amazing Animals Down Under
Over in a Forest: Come and Take a Peek

Common Core Standards (ELA K-3)

~Standard 10: Text Complexity, Quality, and Range
Next Generation Science Standards (DCI K-3)
~LS1: From Molecules to Organisms:

~LS2: Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics
~LS3: Heredity: Inheritance and Variation of Traits
~LS4: Biological Evolution: Unity and Diversity

 

*Be sure to check out Marianne’s blog with a great poetry idea: Put a Poem in Your Pocket.

March 9, 2021
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