Happy Independence Day! Today is the perfect time to share one of my favorite books about the United States of America!
*This post contains Amazon Affiliate links*
How to Make a Cherry Pie and See the U.S.A. by Marjorie Priceman is an absolute gem! A little girl describes how to make a cherry pie as she travels across America (it’s July 4th and the cook shop is closed). It’s a fun sequel to How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World!
The narrator makes a rolling pin in Washington and grabs some cotton in Louisiana to make an oven mitt! She ventures down the Mississippi and rappels down mountains in New Hampshire. It’s such a fun adventure and it’s also perfect for social studies/geography lessons! You can use this book to address a variety of speech and language goals!
1. Where Questions – This is a fun opportunity to talk about all the places the narrator visits and ask where questions!
2. Sequencing – Talk about the steps for making a cherry pie!
3. Verbs – She rappels, saws, picks, and does a variety of activities across the United States!
4. Inferencing – Discuss what you think she’s going to make with the things that she collects.
5. Describing – The illustrations are outstanding! Students can describe the things you can find in each state!
I also found an adorable felt pie in the Target Dollar Spot. It’s the perfect toy companion for this book! It came with blueberries and strawberries, so I bought some plain red pom-poms to represent cherries! If you can’t find this toy at Target, grab some mini pie pans at the grocery store! Students will love filling up the pie pan as they answer questions about the book!
This book also inspired me to make a cherry pie craft!
This is super simple! You just need paper plates, red bingo daubers or circular word pieces (found in my articulation crafts bundle or speech therapy crafts bundle), and brown construction paper. This is the perfect craft for students who are working on /ch/ or /r/, but it can be used with any sound or language goal!
First, students dab the paper plate with a red bingo dauber. This will make circles that look like cherries! They can also cut out and glue some word pieces onto their plate! Then they cut some strips from the brown construction paper to make the pie crust. They’ll glue 4-5 strips down on the plate and then glue 3-4 more strips down in the other direction. Easy peasy!
Thank you for stopping by! Enjoy your day!