Fall is one of my favorite seasons of the year for speech therapy. The warm smells, vibrant colors and cooler weather provide a platform for rich literacy and language opportunities with children. If your speech therapy groups are anything like mine, you have mixed articulation, fluency, social and language needs throughout the day.
The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall, is a sweet and engaging book for kindergarten through upper elementary. Activities can also be adapted for students in alternative curriculum classes needing age/grade level appropriate content. (An Amazon affiliate link is provided)
I've outlined a few target skills and included a freebie at the end of this blog for you to start using today.
Text-Based Tier 2 Vocabulary
Irregular and Regular Plural Nouns
Adjectives and Comparative Adjectives
Our apple tree is brown and bare
Tiny pink flower buds
small green apples
apples get bigger and bigger
They are covered with big, round apples
The apples are red and ready
It smells so good!
It tastes delicious!
Present and Past Tense Verbs
/k, g/ words
look, pink, covered, picked, basket, cut, sprinkle, cooked, good, sugar, guarding, eggs, eggshells, begin, ground, grow, guess, green, bigger
apple, look, building, flower, loudly, eggshells, blossoms, petals, little, fall, blows, small pile, sprinkle, last, smells, delicious, yourself
sister, tree, grows, part, every, year, winter, brown, bare, spring, branch, robins, flower, guarding, their break, covered, feathers, breeez
/s, z/ words
sister, guess, apples, leaves robins, nest, buds, branches, eggs, just, eggshells, blossoms, feathers, breezes, petals, birds, some, strong, safe
tree, grow, brown, spring, branch, flower, chirp, break, blossoms, breezes, ground, fly, blows, branches, small, basket sprinkle, smells.
Wh-Questions-"What happens to the tree each spring?" "When are the apples ready to be picked?"
Vocabulary Comprehension-What does the word "guarding" mean in the sentence, "The robins chirp loudly, guarding their eggs?"
Inference Questions-Why do you think the robins chirp loudly and guard their eggs?
Cause and Effect Questions-What causes the flower petals to fall to the ground?
Association and Story Expansion-Robins lay eggs in their nests. What other animals build nests and lay eggs?
Category Inclusion-Apples grow on trees. Name three more fruits that grow on trees.
Text-to-Self Connections-What is your favorite type of pie?
Compare and Contrast-Both apples and pumpkins are picked in the fall. How are they alike? How are they different?
The Apple Pie Tree is the perfect addition to your fall therapy resources. Try a few of these hands-on activities with your students:
*taste different types of apples and graph your favorite type
*paint an apple stamping craft
*sequence the apple tree through the seasons
*bake some cinnamon apples
Thank you for visiting my site! I want to offer you two of the comprehension graphic organizers included in The Apple Pie Tree BOOK COMPANION available in my TPT store.
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