Apple orchards throughout the land mean this time of year provides a bounty of activities that may be utilized with speech and language goals in mind. This delicious fruit gives us the opportunity to talk about apple picking, favorite apples, ways to use apple, and more. Take time to chat with all students to see what they know about apples ahead of time to determine how much additional information you need to provide them.
Ten Words on Apples
Connecting a book and art project that can be taken home for practice is a great way to connect home and speech sessions. Read the book Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg with your group. Rather than focus on the counting from the story explain how you will be making your own ten apples up on top to bring home. Cut out apple shapes in a variety of colors ahead of time. Each child should select 10 apples and put them on the side. Next, they will get a large piece of construction paper to draw a picture of themselves on the bottom. Remind them to leave room on top of their head because they will need to balance those ten apples up on top.
Each child can use their balancing apples to work on key speech and language goals. Older students may need to have vocabulary words that are important in class that week, or perhaps items related to apples. Younger children may focus on start or end sounds, or word families that need extra practice. Write the words or have pictures for them to paste onto the apples. Have everyone carefully balance the ten apples. At the end, go around a circle and share each apple creation and make a fun game with silly sentences using the words to make up your own class story. At the end, pack up the projects and send them home. Be sure to include translations of words to assist multilingual families.
Additional Apple Books
If Ten Apples Up on Top will not work for your group of students, there are many other books that may work better for your needs. Some books that are a great place to start are listed below.
- Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
- The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
- The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
- Apples by Gail Gibbons
- How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
- Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
- Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchin
When done selecting a book, look on Pinterest for craft ideas that you can coordinate with your individual speech and language goals. Almost any apple craft idea could work with articulation, vocabulary, decoding, and more.
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