Developing Number Sense with "Baa Baa Black Sheep"

Using the fun Mother Goose nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep" and the book Sheep Out to Eat, your Kindergarten class will practice number matching and will also learn facts about sheep. Beforehand, create several laminated sets of of sheep numbered from 1 to 4 and write out on chart paper the full Mother Goose rhyme. Start the instructional activity by either singing or listening to "Baa Baa Black Sheep," then pass out the sheep/number cards and hold up a number and have the student with the matching cards come to you. This game can be played so each young learner has the opportunity to match each number. Then continue the sheep theme by reading Sheep Out to Eat, and following having a class discussion about sheep facts. Your little learners will learn facts such as why sheep are raised and what a female sheep is called. To further recall you can prompt your learners to answer some questions about the plot of the story and how sheep behave within it. The sheep matching cards could be used in a math center with a parent volunteer. 

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