This packet is a companion to the book, Apples and Pumpkins, by: Anne Rockwell. Included in this packet are activities that target sequencing, story retell and comprehension, basic language concepts, following directions, and more. The activities in this packet were created by Mindy Stenger, M.A., CCC-SLP (The Speech Bucket
Pages 2 – 5 target story sequencing. The larger pictures (pages 2-3) can be used for a classroom story board, or for individual students. The smaller pictures (pages 4-5) are included on work sheets. The students can cut them out, sequence the story at the top, re-tell it, and take it home. Parents love to hear and see the story that you read with their kids during school!
Pages 6 – 7 target story comprehension (and identifying the types of questions being asked - what, where, who, how). The first set (page 6) asks a variety of questions without picture supports for responses. So students must think of the responses on their own (or look back in the book). The second set (page 7) was made with picture supports. Each question has a choice of three responses (1 correct; 2 foil).
Pages 8 – 10 target regular plurals, using items from the story. There are 18 cards (9 have single pictures “I see one__ (apple)”; 9 have plural pictures “I see two __ (apples)”. Have your student fill in the blank, or have your students read the complete sentence.
Page 11 targets patterning with apples and pumpkins– What comes next?
Pages 12 – 13 are game boards. The first one targets following directions (If you land on__, do ___)). The second one is blank…use it for your own language and/or articulation targets!
Pages 14 – 17 target prepositions. These pages are differentiated, so you can target the same skill at different ability levels. Each page asks, “Where is Sue?” – on page 14, there are two pictures (a pumpkin and a girl - Sue) cut out each picture and give your students auditory directions to follow (e.g., move Sue around the pumpkin, put Sue under the pumpkin, etc..); on page 15, the student is given a choice of two picture responses (1 correct; 1 foil); on page 16 the student is given the choice of 3 prepositions to circle to complete a sentence; on page 17 the student is asked to fill in the correct preposition (by writing their response on the blank).
Pages 18 - 19 targets following directions to build your own jack-o-lantern!
Pages 20 – 21 target expressive language and written language. Both pages ask the student to draw a picture and/or write a short story, given a structured sentence starter. On the first page, the following writing prompt is provided - “My favorite thing about visiting the pumpkin patch was…” On the second page, the following writing prompt is provided – “A fruit or vegetable that grows in a patch is a (n)”
This is one of my favorite lessons to pull out right before a visit to the pumpkin patch! My students love it! (If you’d like to see more pictures or get more information about this activity visit my blog The Speech Bucket