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Counting on the Woods
Author: George Ella Lyon
Illustrator: Ann W. Olson
Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc.
Copyright: 1998
ISBN: 0-7894-2480-0
Number of Pages: 32
Ohio Standards Alignment: Grades preK–K

This counting book uses nature as the theme.  Beautiful woodsy photographs illustrate each of the counting numbers, 1 through 10. The interdisciplinary theme of the book makes it especially worthwhile for the prekindergarten and kindergarten classroom. 

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How to Use This Book

  • This book could be used to tie ecology into mathematics. Too many students have not seen wildflowers in their natural habitat or set foot near a woods.
  • After reading the book, students could go on a nature walk and find their own models of the numbers 1-10.
  • They might draw pictures and make their own books.
  • Students could also create their own "walk" in the classroom. They could display on a table: 1 rock, 2 leaves, 3 dead bugs, etc.
  • This would be a great book to read on Earth Day.

Highlights and Insights

  • Counting books are not hard to find. The photographs make this one exceptional because of its ties to nature.

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Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations Standard
    Benchmarks (K-2)
    F. Count, using numerals and ordinal numbers.
    Grade Level Indicators (K)
    4. Determine "how many" in sets (groups) of 10 or fewer objects.
    Grade Level Indicators (pre-K)
    1. Count to 10 in the context of daily activities and play.