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#21 Apple Picking

Lesson Title/Subject/Grade Level
Apple Picking
Grades K, 1

Materials Needed
- Chart paper or tag board with a large tree drawn on it, laminated and taped to the chalkboard
- Print Dolch words you want the children to practice on apples cut from laminated red construction paper; use the masking tape to tape the apples on the tree. Create a lot of apples; it is O.K. to duplicate words.
- A basket
- Masking tape
- Real apples sliced into 6 pieces each (enough for each child to have one piece)

Goal Statement
Students will read Dolch words.

State Standard Addressed
In this section, the teacher cites the state standard focused on in the lesson.

Review Previous Skills
Review a few Dolch words before playing the game.

Anticipatory Set
The teacher should say, "Today we are going to go apple picking!"

The teacher should say, "Did you know that apples grow on trees? On the board is an apple tree and on each apple is a word. We are going to practice reading the words."

Choose a child to come to the front of the class. Give the student the basket and tell him or her to "pick" (remove) two apples from the tree and read the words. Have the child put the apples in the basket. Then, ask the student to give another child the basket. That child comes to the front does the same.

Continue on in this manner until all the apples have been "picked."

Guided Practice
Play several games, replacing the apples on the tree before starting a new game.

Independent Practice

Give each child an apple slice to eat.

Play the game frequently, adding apples as new words are learned.