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Think counting sheep will put you to sleep? Not in this engaging instructional activity! Scholars get a brief background on shepherds' methods of counting their sheep and the various ways sheep are kept and used. Learners get a geographical perspective on the original shepherding countries and learn the Celtic terms originally used to count a score of sheep. Next, small groups create their own systems for counting sheep using bowls of popcorn. Groups do some math activities comparing their range of vision to that of a sheep, and estimating how many popcorn pieces will fill a hand-print lamb. How can they determine the area using the popcorn as a standard unit? Synthesize this with a class graph demonstrating the area of each lamb body. Although the Irish song link doesn't work, the lyrics are here and it's worth searching online to hear it.