Apples here, apples there!

To do beforehand:

Send home the new unit note.

Prepare the newsletter for the theme.

Check supplies.

Print the reproducibles for the week.

Make enough copies for your children.

Send the fieldtrip notes and prepare the tags.

Prepare the Family Fun Pack.

Make a beautiful Bulletin Board to decorate your class.

Explain that during the next days they are going to learn about apples.

Write on the board or on a sheet of paper:

Invite children to tell you things they already know about the topic.

Keep the list until you have completed the theme.

On posterboard print some Apple words. Let the children come in small groups to decorate the signs with glitter, markers, stickers.

Brainstorm a list of foods that come from apples.

Brainstorm a list of fruits.

After observing and touching a green, yellow and red apple of varying sizes, each child contributed a descriptive word to a predictable chart about apples.

Match upper and lower case letters

The apple tree

Way up in the apple tree, (reach arms up high)
Two little apples were looking at me. (thumbs and index fingers touch, and circle eyes)
So I shook and shook and shook that tree,(shaking motion three times)
‘Til all those apples came down to me. (bring arms from high to low)
Mmmmmm. Good! (pretend to bite the apple)

I Like Them All
Apples big (arms out wide)
Apples small (hands close togther)
Guess what?
I like them all!

Apple Trees
Put red, green, yellow and brown paint at the easel. Hang many pictures of apple trees around your easel and classroom to inspire your kids.

Apple Prints

Cut several apples in half, some horizontally and some vertically.  Wipe excess moisture from cut sides of apple by pressing onto paper towels.  Provide students with a shallow pan of tempra paint and appropriate sized paper.  Have them dip the apple into the paint and press onto the paper to make apple prints. 

10 Red Apples
10 red apples grow on a tree (hold up both hands up high)
5 for you (place one hand in front of you)
5 for me (place other hand in front of you)
Let's shake this tree, together--like so (pretend to shake the tree)
And the 10 red apples will fall below.
(Count each finger) 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10

Collect the apple seeds from your different apple projects and you can use those for a math activity. Cut out apples using the Ellison die-cut. Using white paper, cut out an "inside" for the apples and glue it to the die-cuts. Program the apples with numbers 1 - 10; laminate. Have the students count out the correct number of apple seeds to match the number. 
Estimate the number of apple seeds in one or two apples. Count the seeds and compare which has more, less, the same.

Graphing Apples

Taste test red, yellow and green apples. Then make a graph of the class favorite.

Compare apples with another fruit such as an orange. Make a Venn diagram or use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast.
Discuss how apples are transported from the orchard to the supermarket.

Take a field trip to an apple orchard and/or supermarket.

Where are apples located on the food pyramid? Talk about the importance of fruit in daily diet. Name some other fruits.
Apple Sauce Snack 

This was the first year I'd ever made homemade apple sauce. It is definitely worth the effort. Yum!! Even the kids gobbled it up!
Peel and core about 8 apples. If you want to involve your students, slice the apples and allow them to cut them into chunks using plastic knives. Place the apples, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon into a crock pot or slow cooker. Cook for at least a couple of hours or until apples are mushy. Cool and serve.

Apple Muffin Snack 

Make apple muffins using a prepackaged oatmeal muffin mix. Add a cup of peeled and chopped apples and bake as usual.

Read some Johnny Appleseed books, discussing folk legends or using map skills to plot his travels. Make a Johnny Appleseed puppet.

Read some books about apples like 

The Seasons of Arnold’s Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
The Apple Pie Tree
I Am an Apple by Jean Marzollo
Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg
Johnny Appleseed by Madeline Olsen
Apples, Apples, Apples by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace
Apples and Pumpkins by Anne Rockwell
Big Red Apple by Tony Johnston
This is the time you “wrap up” the work.

Let children reflect about what they learned.

Discuss about things they liked and didn’t like.

Use this time to assess the teaching strategies

Gather the children in a group at the conclusion of the study of the theme.

Write on the board or on a poster

“Things we learned about apples”

Invite children to tell you something about they have learned.

Prompt questions such as “What have we done during this week?” “What were we talking about?”

Make a list of all the things children say.

Read the first list you made with the group at the beginning of the unit.

Say “These are the things we write at the beginning. Do you remember?” “Now, this is what we have learned

At the beginning of the theme send home a note to parents stating for the theme the children will be learning about for the next few days,.

Suggest some ways families can be involved in the topic of study, for example:

Include the titles and authors of some of the children’s books about the theme.

Invite parents to look for these books in the library, check them out and read them with their child.

Send home some of the finger plays, rhymes, songs, poems that you have used with the children. Print them on colorful cards and record the children singing or chanting. Invite families to sing and rhyme with their children.

Ask families to send pictures or books or stuff related to the topic.

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