Over the River and Through the Wood Lesson Plan
- Grades: PreK–K, 1–2
About this book
- Over the River and Through the Wood by Lydia Maria Child
- construction paper, assorted colors
- large sheet of butcher paper, about 12' X 4'
- drawing pencils
Set Up and Prepare
Use the questions below to generate conversation about, and understanding of, the poem.Over the river and through the wood,To grandfather's house we go;The horse knows the way to carry the sleigh,through the white and drifted snow, oh!Discuss the time of year. What might the landscape look like?Over the river and through the wood,Oh, how the wind does blow!It stings the toes and bites the nose,As over the ground we go.What kind of clothes are being worn for warmth?Over the river and through the wood,To have a first-rate play;Oh, hear the bell ring, "Ting-a-ling-ling!"Hurrah for Thanksgiving Day-ay!What is a first-rate play?Over the river and through the wood,Trot fast my dapple gray!Spring over the ground,Like a hunting hound!For this is Thanksgiving Day. What is a dapple gray or hunting hound?Over the river and through the wood,And straight through the barnyard gate.We seem to go extremely slow It is so hard to wait!What kind of house would they live in?Over the river and through the wood Now Grandmother's cap I spy!Hurrah for fun! Is the pudding done?Hurrah for the pumpkin pie!Are the seasons dictating what the grandmother is cooking?
This book is illustrated by Christopher Manson. Point out that the illustrations are not contemporary to the poem, but were created in modern times. Discuss what research Mr. Manson might have done to help him with his illustrations.
Explain that students will be creating a mural to illustrate the poem. Have students work in groups to illustrate the various verses. Make the book available for reference, or give students time to do some research in the library. (They may want to visit the Old Sturbridge Village website for ideas. www.osv.org)
Students should use the construction paper and scissors to create the illustrations, and then glue them to the butcher paper. It's a good idea to have the groups talk to one another so they end up with a cohesive finished product.
Find a prominent place to display the mural when it's done. Around Thanksgiving, a local business may be happy to use it as a window display.
Take photos of the mural and use them to illustrate a class book.