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Ten Apples Up On Top!

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

(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.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • Have your students add by 1 with bingo chips or counters as you add by 1 as a group.
(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.
(5 minutes)
  • You may have the students use small wooden blocks or counting cubes to count to ten, and then check them.
(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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