An Apple-icious Circle Story

Hello Friends!

I hope you find this post I've refurbished and resurrected from the Adventures in Literacy Land archives useful!  It features a delightful picture book and companion FREEBIE all about fall's favorite fruit! Enjoy!


Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!


Red.

Green.

Ripe.

Juicy.

Tart.

Sour.

Sweet.

This list of adjectives could go on and on and round and round to describe apples--the signature fruit
that defines the taste of autumn for many of us!

In The Apple Pie That Papa Baked, author Lauren Thompson and illustrator Jonathon Bean capture a sensory sequence of sights, tastes, sounds, and events that ends with a tasty and surprising twist!  The language used is rich and descriptive, which makes the book a perfect mentor text for any fall lesson on adjectives!

Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!



Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!



Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!


I was introduced to this book while listening to illustrator Jonathan Bean describe his detailed, three-layered illustration process this summer at the Mazza Museum Summer Institute.  It is a delightful circle story that takes the reader on a day's journey through an apple orchard with a farmer and his daughter.  Thompson's use of repetitive phrases compliments Bean's parade of whimsical pen-and-ink characters drawn in red, yellow, and black, and makes this story an ideal one to help young readers develop sequencing skills, practice fluency, and build vocabulary.  The book won the Ezra Jack Keats Award in 2008, and you can read reviews {HERE}.

I cannot wait to share The Apple Pie That Papa Baked with my second graders as we celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday this month!  I've created this FREE 15-page pack of literacy activities to use along with your book study, and hope that you'll enjoy incorporating them into your lessons as well!



Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!



Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!



I tried to make word and picture cards so that you could use them in a variety of ways, and hope that you will find them helpful as you plan your thematic lessons for the coming weeks!


Use a tri-fold board and velcro dots to help students retell the story 
in sequential order!


Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!


Use the picture cards and craft sticks to create puppets for a Reader's Theater performance
of the story!


Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!



Sort the nouns, verbs, adjectives, and pronouns in the story to 
help students practice categorizing the descriptive language and parts of speech
found in the story!


Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!


Create verb, adjective, noun, and pronoun anchor charts to recall
words used in the story or generate new words related to the topic!


Circle stories are a great way to help reinforce vocabulary, sequencing, and grammar skills with primary grade readers!




Click {HERE} to download the file! 

 May the autumn days ahead be full cinnamon, spice, and apples all sliced!

Be sure to check out more thematic resources for Fall in my TpT store {HERE}!

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Know that I wish you delightful and delicious
reading and writing adventures!

Enjoy!





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4 comments

  1. Love that book idea! It just got added to my Amazon wish list! Thanks! :-)

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  2. You are most welcome, Melissa! It is so much fun to read aloud! My second graders chimed right in on the repetitive phrases and got such a kick out of all of the animal friends in the story!
    Enjoy!
    ~Jennifer

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  4. Wow!!! This looks like a great book! Thanks so much for sharing!

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