Read the A page in Dr. Seuss’s ABC book. Emphasize the /a/ sound by saying a-a-apple. What other things start with?
Read 10 Apples Up on Top. Invite students to listen for the /a/ sound and to also look for big A and little a in the book. When finished, asked the kids what words they heard or saw that start with A. In addition to reading the book, you can in addition to or in place of, show students this catchy YouTube read aloud version put to music: Ten Apples Up On Top song in the style of Jason Mraz
Letter Recognition/Sensory – Ss make a big A and/or little a by drawing the letter in the air. Then students collaborate to make an A with their bodies. Next they make an A with apple slices or apple gummy candies. They can follow a printed letter pattern such as this one www.confessionsofahomeschooler.com/blog/2012/12/a-z-do-a-dot-worksheets.html if needed, or can do it on their own. They put the apples on top of the letter to become familiar with the shape of the letter. Example: ….is forthcoming
Reading/Art – Make an apple and letter A combined!
Counting/Sensory – Count to ten by counting the apples used for the letter A. Students can move them one at a time onto a paper with ten squares or a ten frame, like the one found here: mathwire.com/strategies/matspv.html.
Art/Dance/Music/Drama – Sing to ten with music and then sing it backwards. Each student has a number chart and points to each number while singing backward and forward. When this is easy to do, add marching and moving hands like a soldier.
Dance to the music of this book found on YouTube (see link above). Act out the words as they are sung.
Reenact a part from the book with apples. Have apple props and other props as needed.
Book Discussion – How many apples were on top?
Science – Check several books out from library on apples and apple trees. This would be a fun lesson to do on Johnny Appleseed Day – September 26th (his birthday.) Here’s some recommendations:
Secrets of the Apple Tree