Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Apple Themed Centers

I'm gearing up to start teaching a unit on apples to my kinders in about a week or so. I guess that means fall is almost here! To go along with our study of apples and how they grow, I like to have a few fun math and literacy activities for my kiddos to do that have an apple theme.

Last year my students worked on lots of different apple themed math stations. Click here to check out my apple post from last year which includes links to several free apple math games!

This year I made some new apple themed literacy center activities to help my kinders learn their letters, sounds, and sight words. One of the games my students will play at our alphabet center is this very simple letter tracing game. I'll have a bag of magnetic letters and students will take turns picking a letter out of the bag and tracing the letter they picked on their paper. Click here to download these free letter tracing sheets (both capital letter and lowercase letter sheets included).




This game can easily be differentiated for students of different levels. The easiest way to play would be to give them a bag of capital letters and a capital letter sheet so they can trace the exact letter they pull out of the bag. To make it a little trickier, you can give them a bag of lowercase letters along with the capital letter sheet, so that they pick a lowercase letter but then have to find and trace the corresponding capital letters. Or, for really high students, I think I might give them a bag of little objects/toys/pictures and then when they pull out an item they have to determine the item's beginning sound and then trace that letter on the sheet.



I also have a pack of alphabet themed literacy games for sale in my TPT store that works on lots of different literacy skills, including: syllable counting, beginning sounds, capital and lowercase letter recognition, and sight words. Click here to check it out! I'd love to give away a free copy of this game pack to the first 2 people to leave a comment (and their email address) on this post!

Anyone else planning apple activities for the coming weeks? If so, I'd love to get some new ideas and hear what you and your students will be up to!

9 comments:

  1. I would love to get your alphabet literacy games to use with my Kindergarteners who really need some fun practice with their letters and other literacy skills.
    Megan
    hormanm@fbcom.net

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  2. I would LOVE this!! I'm starting next week :)

    daniellezipan@gmail.com

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  3. Giveaway is now closed! Megan and Krogers Kindergarten- your apple games are on the way!

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  4. Ahh I accidentally deleted your email on my phone and it went off into outer space instead of my trash bin..can you resend please ??

    Daniellezipan@gmail.com

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  5. Pretty good post. I just came across your site and wanted to say that I have truly loved reading through your blog posts. Any ways I’m going to be subscribing for your feed and I hope you post again soon.
    Regards
    Pre School Franchisee - Little Millennium

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  6. I would love to get your alphabet literacy games..!!
    cool math for kids

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  7. Thanks for the freebie apple activity. It is soo cute! I just posted some free apple math activities on my blog too. Check it out! kindergatenkidsatplay.blogspot.com.

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