It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The weather is cooling down, layering is a thing once more, and the apple orchards are open. If you can’t tell, I love fall. I especially love our apple week activities because it is our first real theme of the year in kindergarten. This apple math craft is perfect for getting in some seasonal, academic fun!
The first few weeks of math, we focus hard on numbers 0-5 and number sense to 5. When we get to the end of this unit, I like to practice number order with this fun fall math craft!
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Apple Math Read Aloud
Before we made the craft, we read the book Ten Apples Up On Top. This book is great for visually seeing numbers and amounts get larger and smaller as you count forward and back.
After we read the book, we practiced putting paper apples in order. I had apples that had the numbers 1-5 and apples that had subitizing dots drawn on them. Unfortunately, I didn’t think to snap a picture of that!
Apple Math Craft
To begin the apple craft, I guided students in a directed drawing of themselves. Most turned out the perfect size, but I did have one or two.. teeny, tiny people ????.
My students were not comfortable enough with scissors yet for me to trust letting them cut out their pictures. I cut them out when the class was at specials and glued them on the blue construction paper.
Before we began the craft, I cut out the apples using a die cut machine and made sets with the numbers 1-5. You absolutely don’t have to do that though!
If you don’t want to spend all that time, you can print clip art of apples on colored paper and let students cut them out. You can also let them write the numbers 1-5 on their own.
I showed students how to glue the apples so that they were “stacked.” Then, I let them go at it! They made their apple number order stacks. This was also a great informal math assessment for me!
Let me know – Are you going to try this apple math craft with your class this year? I would love to see pictures of how they turn out!