At the beginning of the school year and all through fall, we love activities with apples.
Students are engaged when we bring in real apples so they can touch, smell, feel, and taste them.
Our little learners use apples in our writing centers and build their names using apples. Students make decorations like a paper plate apple, and we sing “Way Up High in the Apple Tree” song so many times I can’t get it out of my head.
These are the things that make fall so enjoyable!
Apple-themed activities are a great way to get kids learning without realizing they’re learning.
I created another way to connect apples with literacy. Use this Apple Blends Match-Up so students can practice blending together individual sounds within words in an enjoyable hands-on way!
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Apple Blend Match-Up
Practicing how to decode unfamiliar words using letter patterns has never been so entertaining!
This resource is perfect for helping your little readers build on their phonological awareness. This apple themed match-up is perfect for Preschool and Kindergarten classrooms during fall or at any time of the year.
It works well for literacy stations, independent work, or in small review groups.
Inside You’ll Find:
- 10 sheets of baskets covering common letter blends such as: dr, sp, fl, gr, sn, sp, etc.
- 20 sheets of apples, with a different picture that starts with a corresponding blend.
- This resource also comes in black and white to save on ink, so comes with 60 pages total.
Getting the Apple Blends Match-Up Ready
This printable is easy to prep. After you purchase the match-up and download it, you’ll print (color or black and white) and cut using a paper trimmer. Gather all of the pieces and place in a plastic container. I love using plastic pencil cases to store centers like these. It keeps everything in one place and does not take up a ton of space.
I recommend printing these out on cardstock and laminating them before you cut them so it can easily be used year after year.
Using the Apple Blends Match-Up
Students will start the activity by choosing an apple with a blend on it. My daughter chose the apple with the blend “dr.”
They will then sort through all of the apples with pictures looking for the ones that have the blend “dr.” It might be a good idea to have the students work in small groups the first time they try to complete the Apple Blends Match-up.
Once the basket is filled with the apples representing the corresponding blend, they can move on to a new blend and start again.
Another way this activity could be completed is to have all of the baskets laid out on a table or the floor. Students will then sort through all of the apples and place each one on the correct basket.
If you have younger students or students who need extra review or practice, you can simplify the activity. Provide them with only two of the blend baskets and the corresponding apples at one time.
Once they master those, you can slowly add in more baskets and more apples.
Whether students are working together as a group or showing off their mastery of words on their own, they will have “bushels” of fun.
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Have fun with your students in the classroom and at home with this Apple Blends Match-Up Printable Activity.
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