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If you’re looking for a fun and easy way to your apple theme this autumn, look no further than the Ten Apples Up On Top lesson plan.
Based on the classic Dr. Seuss book, this plan is designed for preschool and kindergarten, but it is perfect for any age group.
This lesson plan can be used as one of the engaging apple activities for kids in your homeschool, in the classroom, or in your children’s library story time. Your kids are going to love this one!
Ten Apples Up on Top Lesson Plan
This lesson plan is based on the Dr. Seuss book, Ten Apples Up On Top. It’s a great book for preschool and kindergarten age kids, and it’s a perfect way to teach them about counting.
Don’t let the apples drop! Three animal friends practice balancing apples on their heads in this hilarious introduction to counting.
Here are ten engaging lesson you can teach from this fun children’s book.
1. Counting to Ten
Ten Apples Up on Top! is the perfect book for teaching kids to count to ten. One simple way to do this is by having kids count the apples on each animal’s head.
Start by counting out loud as you look at the animal pictures in the book. Then, have them repeat the number back to you.
Have your child open the book to a random page and count the apples. Or, have them create a stack of apple erasers or apple cutouts to match the apple stack on the page.
2. Position Words
With this story, you can introduce or reinforce position words. In the story, the animals are stacking apples ON their heads.
Hand your child an apple (or an apple eraser or cutout). Call out a direction word and have your child place the apple in the appropriate place – under the table, beside a book, in a basket, etc.
Of course, you have to take some time to teach your little ones about apples. There’s a lot that kids can learn from apples.
For starters, they can learn about the different parts of an apple – the skin, the flesh, the seeds. They can also learn how to tell when an apple is ripe, and how to store apples so that they don’t go bad.
Apples can also be used as a learning tool for kids to understand more about nutrition and the importance of eating fruit.
And of course, let’s not forget about the all-important apple pie! Baking an apple pie is a great way for kids to learn about measuring ingredients, following a recipe, and working with dough.
So next time you’ve got some apples on hand, take the opportunity to teach your kids a little something about this delicious fruit.
4. Rhyming Words
As a parent, you know that teaching your kids about rhyming words is an important part of their development.
After all, learning to rhyme is one of the first steps towards being able to read and write. Fortunately, there are plenty of fun and easy ways to incorporate rhyming into your child’s day.
Read a passage from the book and have your child name the rhyming words. Can they name a few more words that rhyme with those words?
For example, eight and skate rhyme. Can your kids name a few more words like late, bait, Kate, etc.
5. Teaching One More
Throughout the book, the animals add “one more” apple to their stack. This is a great time to introduce your kids to this beginner addition skill.
One of the animals featured in this story is a lion. Many kids are fascinated by lions, and it’s no wonder. These big cats are powerful, graceful, and intelligent. As the king of the jungle, lions have long held a place in our imaginations. If you’re teaching kids about lions, there are a few things you can focus on:
- First, lion habitats are found across Africa and parts of Asia. They typically live in savannahs, grasslands, and woodlands.
- Second, lions are social animals who live in groups called prides. A pride typically consists of around 15 lions, including several related females and their cubs, as well as a few unrelated males.
- Finally, while lions are predators that sit at the top of the food chain.
Another dog featured in the story is a dog. If your child loves dogs, why not incorporate a dog theme into your homeschool curriculum? There are a number of ways to do this:
- You could start by reading books about dogs together and discussing what you’ve read.
- You could also visit a local animal shelter or rescue group and learn about responsible dog ownership.
- There are also many educational websites and games that can help to teach your child about dogs.
By incorporating a dog theme into your homeschool, you can help your child learn about the world in a way that is both fun and engaging.
The final main character in this story is a tiger. There are lots of great books and resources available. You can also visit a local zoo or wildlife park to see tigers up close. Here are some tips for teaching kids about tigers:
- Start by teaching them the basic facts about tigers. Where do they live? What do they eat? How big do they grow?
- Help them to understand the importance of conservation. Explain why tigers are endangered and what we can do to help protect them.
- Encourage them to express their creativity. Have them draw pictures of tigers, write stories about tigers, or even build their own tiger habitats out of recycled materials.
Most importantly, have fun! Learning about tigers should be an enjoyable experience for your kids.
The characters in this story are showing off their ability to stack apples on their heads. However, most of us don’t think of showing off or bragging as a good character trait. Talk about this with your kids.
Balancing is a skill that takes practice, but once kids get the hang of it, it can be really fun. There are lots of different ways to balance things.
You can balance them on your head, on your nose, on your chin, on your toe – the possibilities are endless!
If you want to teach kids how to balance things, the best way is to start with something small, like a pencil.
Once they’ve mastered that, they can move on to bigger and more challenging objects. With a little patience and practice, they’ll be balancing like a pro in no time!
Apple Activities for Kids
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Whether you’re a teacher or parent, we hope you enjoyed this lesson plan and that your kids learned a lot too. Be sure to check out our other book based activities for more fun learning!
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