Adding Words with Amazing Apples

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apple-fall-themed-speech-activitiesApples are not just for the teacher, they are a healthy way to use food for a hands-on experience during sessions. Most children adore having a snack while working and apples allow you to do this while sharing a touch of autumn during your speech and language session. Take time to check in with families to make sure there are no food allergies. After that, check out your local apple growers to let the fun begin.

Charting Apple Descriptions

Apples come in many varieties. When at an apple orchard or your local store, select three to five different varieties of apples to explore with students. Bring one of each before it is sliced and additional apples to slice up. Place the apples out on a table and take time to talk about the apples. Make a chart and list similarities as well as differences. Be sure to take time to focus on using a lot of descriptive words to add in more vocabulary leverage. Look at shape, size, color, and even smell to see if there are differences.

If there is time each person can make their own apple book. They can draw a picture and include words about the apple on the page. Later on, they may add details about taste and which may be their favorite.

Taste Testing Time

After looking closely at each of the apple options, take some time for taste testing. While doing this part of the activity, remind students to think about the taste, smell, texture, and other factors associated with each of the apple types. Were some juicier than others? Did one of them make you pucker your mouth because it was too tart? Add additional details to your apple chart. Then go around the small groups and allow everyone to share which was their favorite. Be sure to have everyone give two to three reasons why it is their favorite. This activity will encourage conversation skills, taking turns, and supporting ideas verbally.  In addition to this, it will help everyone to gain more confidence when talking with others.

To tie in with home, communicate with families ahead of time to see if they have any special apple recipes that can be shared with the group. Encourage them to include something that will be unique to their family and their multicultural identity. If you make books about apples, check to see if you can share these recipes with the entire group.
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