Ten Apples Up On Top!

  • Preschool
  • Math
  • 45 minutes
  • Standards: K.OA.A.2
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August 4, 2015
by AnneMarie Mann

Your students will love learning to count to ten with this lesson that has them make a book! Students will be on top after reading a fun book that directly relates to their own arts and crafts activity.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to represent putting together and addition concepts by adding 1 to previous numbers up to at least 10.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Read 10 Apples Up On Top! by Dr. Seuss
  • Advise students to note the concept of addition by noticing "1 more" when it is mentioned in the story.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Draw a face on the board.
  • Have students count along as you add an apple shape one at a time.
  • Label the apples from 1-10 as you go.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Have your students add by 1 with bingo chips or counters as you add by 1 as a group.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Tell your students you will be making a book. At this point you will either provide your students with the template packet individually or work on a class book as a group.
  • Use the Bingo dabber or students' fingerprints from the ink pad to add the corresponding amount of "apples" for each subsequent number.
  • If creating a class book, you may have the students follow along with their bingo chips or counters.



  • Enrichment: For advanced students, they may be able to work independently or label the number on the page.
  • Support: For students who require support, you may use hand over hand assistance, pair them with a student with a stronger grasp of the concept, or provide them with manipulatives to aid the addition process.

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Assessment (5 minutes)

  • You may have the students use small wooden blocks or counting cubes to count to ten, and then check them.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Read the class book or have the students share their books with partners or a group.
  • Display the book or books in your class library or have students share their work during a parent involvement activity.

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