Apples Ideas

					Science 1. Five Senses Have a tasting session using different kinds of apples. Make a list of describing words. Graph the ones that they liked the best. 2. Investigate different kinds of seeds. While doing one of the cooking, math or art activities, include a study of seeds. Teacher and/or students can bring in different kinds of seeds to study. We sort the different seeds into an egg carton and use a magnifying glass to examine. We look at the size, color, etc to sort different kinds of seeds.

MATH GLYPH: This is a map of the Apple Glyph that we usually do each September as part of our apple unit. Each child is given an apple according to the directions on the table. GRAPH: Discuss all the ways that apples can be eaten. Then have the students vote on their favorite way to eat apples. (juice, fresh apple, applesauce, apple pie, etc.) Make a graph showing their favorites.

APPLE STUDY: Have students bring an apple to school. The apples can be used for counting, sorting, comparing, patterning, graphing, and addition and subtraction activities. When the apples are cut open, have students count, sort, compare and graph the seeds

ANOTHER GRAPH: Each student cuts open their apple and saves the seeds. Use the worksheet to glue each seed in a square. Click on the apple to see the worksheet I use for the students to put their seeds on. We do this in a small group. Then, later (with the whole group) we record this results on a class bar graph to show how many seeds were in each student's apple.

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Homework Ideas The following are ideas for follow up or enrichment activities to use for an apple unit.

Apple Homework What can you do with an apple?

Together as a family, brainstorm a list of ideas. Pick the three most "original-for-sure-no-one-else-thought of these" and send them in for a little "apple fun.!"

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This note was sent home with the kids. Some families will really get into this activity. You'll be amazed at the many creative ideas they'll come with! Below are some follow up ideas that you might use. 1. Write each idea on a strip of paper and categorize them. They will probably fall into obvious categories such as: ways to eat apples, apple crafts, etc. Be sure to let your kids decide on how to group the apples. 2. Vote on the three best ideas and maybe try them in your class. 3. Have each child dictate their favorite idea and illustrate their sentence. These can also be bound into a class book.

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Things From Trees
Many things that we eat are grown on trees. Many things that we use are made from the wood. Find at least 10 things in your house that come from trees.

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The above homework can be discussed and shared in class. The children can then see how important trees are to us and how much we all depend on them.

Make an Apple Book

Use the booklet to write one fact on each page that you have learned about apples. Mom or Dad can help you write the facts and you can illustrate your book.

Each child is given a few blank sheets of paper stapled together to complete as homework. He/she will able to share their books and tell what they have learned about apples during our unit. It is really amazing how much they really do learn!

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This is one of my favorite art projects that we do each year. It was also given to me by Paige Brown. The first picture shows the penciled apple on white construction paper that we give the children. They use this to put the Q Tip dots all around. They are mounted on a 1/4 piece of construction paper backing. Please see September bulletin board for these on display.

I have had this project for many years, and I can't remember where I found the idea. I haven't used in Kindergarten. It might be a bit difficult for them. But, it probably could be adapted for Kindergarten age. The pieces are doubled and glued onto both sides of a long piece of yarn. These look really cute done in red, green and yellow hanging in the room.

This project was done after reading "Ten Apples On Top." The faces were made using small, white paper plates. The cheaper ones work best. The face was drawn on the back of the plate. Yarn was added for the hair. Each child was given a small apple to write the letters of their name. You will need to have plenty of apples on hand! You could have different sizes of apples for longer names. Apples

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Seasons of the Year. This is a great time to show how an apple tree would look at different times of the year. I read several books that are listed on the Apple Activities page before doing this project. Students are given a blank booklet with six pages. See example below for the text for each page. I print this on a word processor using a half page for each sentence.

Seasons of the Year

This is fall.

This is winter

This is spring.

This is summer.

This is my favorite season.

Students can be given a simple tree trunk pattern of brown construction paper or they could draw their own tree trunk on each page. Each page is decorated as follows:

cover: Student draws an apple tree with crayons fall: After gluing brown tree trunk on the page, small apples are stamped with a stamp. I use a small apple stamp that shows the apples are ready for harvest. winter: Glue brown tree trunk on page and add small pieces of cotton to show the winter season. spring: Glue tree trunk on page and add small pieces of pink tissue paper (1 inch squares) that have been wrapped around a pencil eraser to show the apple blossoms. summer: Glue tree trunk on page and use small stickers to add the red, green or yellow apples. Staples carry these tiny 1/2 inch apple stickers. last page: Glue another tree trunk or have the student draw a picture of what their favorite season of the year would look like.

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