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Counting on the Woods Author: George Ella Lyon Illustrator: Ann W. Olson Publisher: DK Publishing, Inc. Copyright: 1998 ISBN: 0789424800 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 110.
 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.


Related ORC Resources

Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades PreK–Kindergarten Professional Commentary: In this unit of 6 lessons, students make groups of zero through five objects and connect number words to the groups. They use numerals to record the size of a group.... Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades PreK–Kindergarten Professional Commentary: This eightlesson unit features activities in various modalities in which students work with progressively larger sets containing 510 elements. They count the elements, write numerals, and make sets with more or fewer elements.... Begin With Buttons 3: How Many Buttons? Resource Type: Lessons Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Grades K–2 Professional Commentary: This lesson focuses on two main ideas: the cardinality of sets with 10 or fewer elements and the identification of buttons by multiple attributes. Students make sets of buttons with the same number of buttons or one more or one less than a given number.... Resource Type: Content Supports  Technologies Discipline: Mathematics Grades: Kindergarten Professional Commentary: This site is a collection of applets that engage students in counting, extending sequences, constructing sets that contain 03 elements more or less than a given set, and adding by combining sets. The objects to be counted are colorful and move around, which may be distracting to some students....


Ohio Standards

Number, Number Sense and Operations StandardBenchmarks (K2) 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 (preK) 1. Count to 10 in the context of daily activities and play. 

