Language Adventures with Apples
The fall apple harvest provides a wonderful way to integrate these delicious fruits into lesson plans and speech and language goals. Children love to learn about these popular fruits and in doing crafts, reading books, and exploring expand their vocabulary and build conversational confidence.
A Bounty of Apple Books
Book talks are a nice way to begin a mini unit on apples. These days, there are a wide variety of books on apples, how they grow, ways to use them, and fun tales. Some examples are listed below that would provide a great starting point for crafts, vocabulary fun, and other ideas.
- Apples by Gail Gibbons
- Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
- Apples for Everyone by Jill Esbaum
- How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
- Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
- Ten Red Apples by Pat Hutchins
- The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
- The Biggest Apple Ever by Steven Kroll
Take time before reading the book for a picture book walk. Ask children to predict what the book is about. Let them ask questions and practice their speech and language skills to build confidence.
Ten Apples to Boost Vocabulary
Take time to read Ten Apples up on Top with your students. To connect with the activity, make an extension activity together. Provide children with small apple cut outs. Give them a large piece of white construction paper. Explain that they will be drawing themselves at the bottom and balancing the ten apples on top of their head. Ask them what obstacles they will have when balancing their apples. Rather than focus on counting, select key words, sounds, or items that each individual is working on. These will be written onto the apples for practice at home. When finished, allow each child to share their words and what the picture means to them.
Apple Songs and Word Wreaths
Singing songs is another great way to encourage children that are self conscious about their speech. Everything PreSchool is a nice resource for songs that have been collected related to apples. You can sing songs while tasting apples, or just as a fun way to begin or end a session. Another fun craft with apple shapes could be sent home for decorating. The All Kids Network has an easy to make Cinnamon Apple Wreath. All of the directions are on their page, but add one additional step. Each apple should have a picture for younger children, or word written on it. This will continue focus on whatever goals you are working on.
When sending crafts home, be sure to include a note for families at home. Explain what the point of the lesson was and encourage them to have their children practice with the crafts. If it will assist individuals, include translations of the words being worked on to encourage multilingual learners.