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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Monday Math Literature Volume 48

If you missed last week's post about a fun frog book and some great freebies to go with it, you can check it out here

This week, I want to share with you another lesson that I recently did with some kids starting Kindergarten in the fall.  We started by reading one of my favorite books by Pat Hutchins.  I love how this book brings back some favorite characters from other stories.  Rosie the hen from Rosie's Walk and the farmer and his wife from Changes, Changes all make appearances.  If your students are familiar with Pat Hutchins books, they will love seeing these characters in another story.  

In this book, there are 10 apples on the tree and various animals come up and take an apple until there are none left.  This makes it a great book for helping kids become familiar with numbers to 10.  I made kids paper apples and had them practice their cutting skills by cutting them apart.

I then had kids figure out how many apples they each had which gave me a great chance to see who could count to 10 and who has one to one correspondence.  I also gave each student a 10 frame paper with the numbers to 10 written on it.

For our second reading of the story we covered each numeral with an apple and then counted backwards from 10 uncovering a number each time.  

Everything you need to do this lesson in your own classroom from Google drive!

I also followed up this lesson with a few videos from You Tube.

This one is a musical rendition of Ten Apples Up on Top! by Dr. Seuss.  It is another way to tie in the apple theme and work with numbers up to 10.

We also did this little poem and worked on showing numbers up to 10 on our fingers.

If you are looking for other quick, easy ways to work with young mathematicians, check out these games!

Head over to Mrs. Jump's Class to see more great books to use in your classroom!


  1. Thanks! This will be a great way to introduce ten frames this year.

  2. I love this book as a math connection, Tara! It's great for making a class book of names for ten. Give each child a page with an apple tree template and ten apples like the ones you used. Have them glue some on the ground and some on the tree, and then write the number model for their picture. Your ten frame template would make a perfect addition to each page!
    Happy New Year, and thanks for sharing!