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									Apple Unit:

    Karl Karau
 Chris Schwanke
 Jessica Ketchum
    Rikiee Ellis
Katie Schmeckpeper
Overview /      pg 2-3
Unit Goals
Specific        pg 5-14
Lesson Plans
                Language Jessica Ketchum,
                Arts      Katie Schmeckpeper
                Science  Katie Schmeckpeper

                Social     Karl Karau

                Math       Chris Schwanke

                Fine Arts Jessica Ketchum

                Phy Ed     Rikiee Ellis

Parent Letter   pg 15

Other Ideas     pg 16-29
Bibliography    pg 30
            Monday           Tuesday        Wednesday       Thursday        Friday
Language    Johnny           The Big        The Big Red     Big Red         Big Red
Arts        Appleseed        Red Apple      Apple Book      Apple Pocket    Apple
            -Read Johnny     Book           -Re-read        Chart           Pocket Chart
            Appleseed by     - First read   - add to KWL
            Steven Kellogg
            -KWL on Apples
                                                            Tic Tac Toe-    Word wall/
            and Johnny                                      sight word      sight word
            Appleseed                                       review          identification
Science     Seed Planting    Tree           Baking          Life Cycle of   Life Cycle of
                             Journal        Apple Crisp     an Apple        an Apple
                                                            Tree            Tree Cont.
Social      Introduce        Cont’          Cont’ Lesson    “Good
Studies     Johnny           lesson                         Samaritan or
            Appleseed**                                     entrepreneur”
Math        Apple            Counting       Baking Apple    Apples 1-16 Adding
            Sequence         Seeds          Crisp                         Apples
Fine Arts   Apple Printing   Adding         Apple tree to   10 little
                             seeds to       put apples on   apples finger
                             apple cut                      plays with
                             outs                           puppets
Phy Ed      Apple                           Apple           Under over
            Exercising                      Bowling         Passing
Snack       Johnny           Nilla      Apple Crisp         Graham          Apple Slices
            Appleseed        wafers and                     Crackers and
            Sandwiches       Apple                          apple butter
Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday, Sept 26
** See Attached Lesson Plan
            Monday          Tuesday        Wednesday        Thursday        Friday
Language    Big Red         Big Red        Big Red          Big Red         Field Trip to
Arts        Apple Pocket    Apple          Apple            Apple           Apple
            Chart           Pocket Chart   Waterfall        Waterfall       Orchard
            -Student        -Student       Book – put       Book-           Send home
            organized       organized      together         student read    Apple
            Vocab:names                                                     waterfall
            of Apples,                     Vocab            Vocab           book
            Things at                      Review:          assessment
            orchard                        Cherry Pie
Science     Apple           Dissect an     Apple            Make Apple      Exploring
            Journal-        apple and      Tasting-         sauce           the Orchard
            Predictions     talk about     Pictograph **
                            the parts of
            KWL on          an apple.
            apple Parts

Social      Historical                     Virtual Field                    Real field
Studies     Ballads                        Trip                             trip to the
Math        Apples in    Greater than- Apple                Apple Sauce
            tree sectionsless than     Tasting-
                                       Pictograph **
Fine Arts   Drying       Seed shakers Coloring and          Finger
            Apples                     Creating             Printing
                                       pages for            Apples
                                       Apple book
Phy Ed                   Apple toss    Bobbing for          Relay           Apple
                                       Apples                               Picking
Snack       Dried Apples Carmel/ PB    Crescent             Apple Sauce     Fresh picked
                         Apple         Apple Snacks                         Apples

** See Attached Lesson Plan

Ideas for every day of the week, but with kindergarteners doing every subject each day
may be too much for a half day class. The suggestions for each day may be alternated
Unit Goals:

Our Main Unit Goals are as follows:
       Make Students aware of various types of apples through experimentation
       Student will learn about Johnny Appleseed
Each lesson also includes its own goals.

       Each lesson contains its own accommodations, but overall we have the children
working hands on individually and in groups. Children who are Learners ELL/ESL/LEP,
gifted or who have difficulty will be encouraged to work in groups on some projects
where one-on-one assistance can not be provided. The stories will be repeated many
times so even a child with great difficulty understanding will get the gist of the book by
the end and will know the story well enough to retell it and feel successful. Activities
will be at table level for those in wheel chairs and many will engage all five senses. If a
student lacks one of those senses another student will be asked to share what they are

       Throughout our project we focused on decoding in our language arts readings and
vocabulary used through out the day. We used shared reading to make connections
between words on the page and being spoken. We also decided that our vocabulary
would come from our book that we read throughout the weeks and things related to the
orchard. Comprehension is measured through two KWL’s that progress throughout the
week and periodic journaling. Vocabulary acquisition comes from the words picked out
of the book and other sources used throughout the weeks and added to our word wall.
The students are asked to journal several times and will be working with the written word
using the pocket chart. Fluency is developed through the re-reading of The Big Red
Apple which they can take home at the end as a sign of their success as a reader.
Language Arts

Lesson Title: Tic-Tac-Toe Spelling
Lesson Length: 20-30 minutes

Objectives/Learner Outcomes (specific and measurable)
        “At the completion of this lesson, learners will be able to…” (LWBAT…)
Spell their vocabulary words

Assessment Plan
      How will you know that the learners met the objectives?? What will you be able
      to observe or measure? Incorporate this plan into the Input section of the lesson.

          I will be able to observe them spell their vocabulary words during the game
           and how they do there
          I also will be able to assess them with a spelling test at the end of the week

Materials and Resources Needed to Teach the Lesson/Activity

          Spelling words
          Make the tic-tac-toe squares out of masking tape
              o Make it long enough for the students to stand in the squares
          Index cards with X’s and O’s on them

Accommodations for Learners who have difficulty, ELL/ESL/LEP, gifted, etc.

          I would write the words out on the board and ask them to say them for me
          I would have them use the words in a sentence and repeat the words they are
           suppose to spell

Teaching or Instructional Procedures

          Divide the students into X’s and O’s
          Give the students a word to spell
Language Arts

Lesson Title: The Big Red Apple
Length: on going – about 10-20 min each time
Learning Areas: Language Arts
      Follow along in shared Reading
      Arrange words with pictures
      Feel successful about reading
      A chance for each child to tell the story with the help of other students
      Make sure every child can see clearly from where they are sitting.
      Allow children time to think about what they are seeing and time for them to ask
      Raise or lower pocket chart to accessible heights
      Assistance with cutting, stapling, etc.
Materials Needed:
      Book : The Big Red Apple by Marlene J and Robert A McCracken
      Pocket Chart
      Story Strips from the Big Red Apple for Pocket Chart
      Small copies of the Big Red Apple for each student’s waterfall book
      Stapler and scissors, crayons

   1. First Day read aloud the Big Red Apple. Identify the animals in it, how they are
      working together as a group. Possible segue into next activity: working as a team
   2. Next Day read aloud again for familiarity- ask the children to think about what
      they would do to reach an apple
   3. Day 3 and 4: Have the students read aloud the book using the pocket chart.
   4. Day 5 and 6: Have the students tell the story with the pocket chart
   5. Day 7- Make a copy of the book as a waterfall book- The first page on the bottom
      so that when you look at it, all the animals stand on each other’s backs in correct
      order from first page on the bottom to the last page on top.
   6. Day 8 – have the students read the book to each other, send home when the week
      is over.

Lesson Title:Apple Tasting Pictograph
Length: 20-30 min
Learning Areas: Science, math, writing (Language arts)
       Experience apples with all senses
       Work on graphing
       Students will all get a chance to put their name on the graph
       Students will be observed as they work
       Students will participate in debriefing activity- discussion
       Make sure every child can see clearly from where they are sitting.
       Allow children time to think about what they are seeing and time for them to ask
       Students with fruit allergies will be excused from eating and/ or touching apples
       Students with out one of the 5 senses will be put in a group with students with all
Materials Needed:
       Apples- many different kinds
       Apple slicer
       Apple die cutter
       Coordinating paper color to apple color
       Large paper or wall space for chart
       Paper towel
   1. First introduce different kinds of apples and talk about how they taste different
       and look different- make a chart of differences and similarities.
   2. discuss the sound that the apple makes when it is being cut open
   3. add to the chart what each type of apple smells like- do they smell sweet, sour, or
       the same
   4. have each student taste a slice or half slice of each apple.
   5. tell students to make a die cut of their favorite apple- matching the color paper to
       the color of the apple
   6. have the students write their name on the die cut apple and put it under the name
       of the apple on the chart paper
   7. Discuss the findings of the class- decide whether the class likes sweet apples or
       sour, red or green or yellow, soft or hard.
Have students journal about their findings.
Social Studies

Social studies lesson to introduce Johnny Appleseed

The purpose of this lesson is to learn about an important man in history and his
contribution to society. This will be a cross-curriculum lesson incorporating social
studies, Language Arts, Math, and Science. The lesson will be taught over a span of four

Materials = Trade books, The story of Johnny Appleseed, by Alikli and Johnny
Appleseed, by Steven Kellogg ; Three varieties of apples and a apple cutter ; Poster board
for the apple tasting comments and for the apple graph ; Tempura paint, brushes, paint
pallets, water and paper ; Physical map of the United States

Procedure –

   a.   Motivation = Show a picture of Johnny Appleseed from a book. Ask the children
        if they know anything about Johnny Appleseed. Ask children why they know he
        was called Johnny Appleseed? Explain that the name Johnny Appleseed was
        based on a real man named John Chapman. Preview the Book, Johnny Appleseed,
        by Steven Kellogg and introduce background information about John Chapman.
        Explain that Johnny Appleseed was a gentle, kind man who loved nature,
        children, helping people and he did not carry a weapon. Read the book, pointing
        out special features like log cabins, how people were dresses, Johnny’s shoes, and
        how he helped people. After reading the story, ask the children what new
        information they learned from this story. Discuss the book focusing on Johnny’s
        contribution to history and the differences in a way of life then and now.
b. Instructional Procedures - Introduce another version of a Johnny Appleseed story.
     Read The Story of Johnny Appleseed, by Alikli. Discuss this book and the many
     places the Johnny Appleseed traveled. Using a large, simple physical map of the
     United States, (ideally a primary physical map with only the state boundaries),
     locate Massachusetts where Johnny was born. Next, locate where the children live
     and compare to where Johnny grew up. Finally, find the many places (States)
     Johnny traveled, counting the states he traveled through. Discuss how he traveled
     by foot and how little he carried with him.

     Explain to the children that at this time in our history people were beginning to
     leave the towns and cities they had lived in on the East Coast (locate on the map)
     and were moving farther west to look for new places for homes and farms. There
     were no towns, villages, homes, or even roads where Johnny Appleseed and the
     pioneers traveled; it was wilderness. Help the children understand that a pioneer is
     someone who leads the way the way into a land not known to them. Discuss the
     different ways the pioneers traveled as they moved westward, such as walking,
     covered wagons, and flatboats. Show the children pictures of covered wagons and

c.    Closure - "Ask the children if they know where Johnny Appleseed got his
     seeds?" Where do we get seeds? Explain to the students that apples were quiet
     easy to grow, to pick, and could be used all year round. Remind students that
     these people had no refrigerators. The apple seeds were easy to carry to new
     places because they were so small. Johnny Appleseed provided these people with
     seeds and started new apple orchards as he traveled. Next, have and apple tasting
     and record the results. Record the results on poster boards titled, "Red apples taste
     like..." fill in the blanks with the students’ responses to the taste of different
     apples. Allow students to use their sense of taste to taste a variety of apples: Red
     Delicious, Granny Smith (green), and Golden Delicious (yellow) apples. Save the
     seeds from one apple for students to examine and count the seeds contained
     inside. Students can then draw an apple and color it the color of their favorite
     apple. These apples will then be put on a graph to see what the favorite apple of
     the class is. After the apples are colored and cut out, glue to the graph and count
     the total apples in each column.

d.    Extension - Have students paint their own apple trees using tempura paints.
     Trees are painted brown, leaves are green and apples can be painted red, yellow or
     green. These will then be put on display.
     Students also illustrated a picture in the story about Johnny Appleseed.
Math Lesson Plan

   At the completion of the lesson, learners will be able to…
             a. Be able to add together apples by taking two groups of apples and
                 physically grouping them into one big group and then counting the
                 number of apples.

   Teacher is going to work on the problems together with the class and ask the students
   questions regarding the objectives. Teacher will also watch how students solve the
   problems with their apple pictures to see if they demonstrate understanding of the

Materials Needed
   Apples, chalk, already-cut-out apple pictures, brown bag.

   I will explain everything in a clear manner and use the apples as visuals to help the
   students understand the lesson.

Teaching Procedure
   1. Bring in about ten apples to class in a brown paper bag.
   2. Explain to the class that they will be adding apples today.
   3. Then pull out two apples out of the bag and hold them up in plain view for the
       class. Ask “how many apples do I have here?”
   4. After the class explains that there are two apples, set them aside, but still in view.
       Then pull out three more apples and hold them up in plain view. Ask “now how
       many apples do I have?”
5. After the class answers three, ask “so if I pulled two apples out of the bag first,
   and then pulled out three more apples, how many did I pull out all together today?
6. Tell the class not to answer out loud but to write their answers on a piece of paper.
7. Ask a few students what they got for answers. If they have the right answers, ask
   them how they got their answers, and if they didn’t, say “good try.”
8. Then go over the problem with the class to make sure that everyone understands.
9. Pick up the first two apples you picked up and show them to the class. Then ask
   the class how many apples you have in your hand. After they say two, repeat their
   answer and write “2” on the board. Then write a plus sign and explain to the class
   that since we are adding together apples, we use a plus sign. Then set down the
   two apples and pick up the three apples. Ask the class how many apples you have
   in your hand and when they say three apples, repeat what they said and write “3”
   on the board. Then write an equals sign and explain that we put an equals sign
   before the answer to a math problem.
10. Then explain the solution. Place the first two apples on a table and say “so I have
   two apples” and then place three more on the table. Say “and I add three more. So
   how many do I have total? Let’s count them. Then count the apples out and hold
   them up as you count them. “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, there are five apples, so two plus three
   equals five.”
11. Repeat the same procedure with the following apple problems.
       b. 3 apples plus 4 apples
       c. 1 apple plus 5 apples
       d. 4 apples plus 4 apples
12. For these problems, hand out already-cut-out pictures of apples from red
   construction paper and invite the students to follow along what you do with their
   apple pictures.
13. Figure out these problems together as a class and after they are solved, close the
   lesson by explaining that one way to solve adding problems is by taking the two
   groups you are adding together and placing them together and counting them.
Fine Arts

Lesson Title: Seed Pictures
Length: 15-20 minutes
Learning Areas: Art and exploration
      Expand children’s creative abilities
      Have children tell us the difference and similarities of different seeds

      Discussion of different seeds and the children’s responses

      Give assistance to the children who need help gluing
      Let students free play when finished with project for those who have short
       attention spans

Materials Needed:
      Collect
            o    Apple seeds along with other seeds (sunflower, pumpkin)
            o    Colored paper
            o    Glue

      Provide each child with a small number of seeds
      As they are distributed, discuss the seeds’ similarities and differences
      Provide uninterrupted time for the children to glue seeds onto paper and create
       any picture they want
Physical Education

Lesson Title: Apple Relay
Length: 20-30 mins
Learning Areas: Physical Education
      Compare the type, duration, and intensity of their own physical activities with
      those of classmates.
      Consider what might constitute a healthy "dose" of physical activity.
      Compare and contrast the relative energy (caloric) expenditure associated with
      different forms of physical activity.
      Consider which activities you are most likely to participate in on a regular basis

      Positive feed back for students

       Make sure every child can see clearly from where they are sitting.
       Allow children time to think about what they are seeing and time for them to ask
       Provide alternate activities for students with disabilities
               -students can be assisted by other students, have them work in groups
Materials Needed:
Stuffed apples
A large play area
Bucket for apples

   1. first do a warm of some sort (toe touches or sing a song)
   2. Divide into teams
   3. Explain the relay to them
   4. Relay #1 each student will carry the apple under their chin and drop it into a
      bucket and them team with the most apples get to pick the next relay
   5. Relay #2 they have to balance it on their head and drop it into the bucket
   6. Relay #3 they have to use short passes down the length of the play area and then
      drop it into the bucket
   7. Relay #4 they have to balance it between their knees and run with it to the end of
      the play area and drop it into the bucket
   8. Relay #5 they have pick a partner and balance the apple between their shoulder’s
      and run or walk to the end of the play area and drop into the bucket
Dear Families,

         Is it true that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”? We’re not sure, but
the children will make many new discoveries as we begin a new unit on apples at
school. Through active exploration and interaction we will be learning many
different and new things about apples. We also are going to include literacy as a
major part of this activity. This is just a beginning to show how important literacy
is in the classroom. We will include areas like, phonics, fluency for both reading and
writing, comprehension, and writing. Please help to reinforce all of the new things
that they will be learning at home too. In the next two weeks, the children will be
bringing home books made in class to practice their literacy skills. Please take time
to read these books with your children and help them along the way.

At Home:
        Some other fun activities for you to do at home would be cooking. Here is a
simple recipe that will be easy to follow for dried apples:
             2 or 3 apples
             1 tablespoon of salt
             Water
            Peel, core and cut apples into slices or rings about 1/8” thick
            Place apples slices in saltwater solution (1 tablespoon per ½ gallon
              water) for several minutes
            Remove from the water
            Place in 180 degree oven for 3-4 hours until dry
            Turn apples occasionally
            ENJOY!

Cooking is a great way to learn by experience because it involves the whole child-
physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually. It also builds vocabulary and
involves counting and measuring, which are mathematical concepts. When a recipe
is used, your child will also learn to follow a sequence. Enjoy cooking with your child.

Enjoy an apple with your child today!

       <Teacher’s name>

Tree Journal- Science Activity

In this activity children develop their observation skills by applying their senses to the
study of life in and around a single tree. The observations can be done as a whole class
project in school or as an individual project at home.


      Small notebook or pad of paper
      Pencils and crayons
      Magnifying glass
      8 1/2" x 14" construction paper
      Yarn or ribbon
      Tape measures


   1. Explain to children that they are going to adopt a tree. To do so, they will learn all
       they can about the tree and record what they learn in a journal.
   2. With the class, take a walk to locate a nearby tree. The tree you choose should
       look healthy and stand out somewhat from other trees for easy recognition.
   3. You can determine over what period of time you wish the observations to take
       place. If enthusiasm is high, you may wish to extend the activity for more than
       one season so children can note seasonal differences.
   4. To make a Tree Journal, fold the construction paper in half and tie the pages into
       book form with yarn or ribbon. After children make observations, have them sign
       their observations and/or drawings and paste them into the journal. Display the
       finished journal in the classroom science center.
Apple Journal
       Make an Apple Science Booklet in the shape of an apple. Predict and see if an
apple sinks or floats. Predict and see how many bites it takes to get to the apple core.
Predict what kind of apple like the best/predict and then have a taste test and see. You can
also make a graph to go with this. Predict and then measure the circumference of an
apple. Predict the weight and then weigh an apple. Predict and then see how many seeds
are in an apple.

Apple Sequence cards
-students put the cards in sequence. There is a picture of a whole apple. One with one bite
out of it. One with two bites out of it. And one with just the apple core.

The following activities are from the AIMS Educational Foundation
September 1990 Newsletter
Have each student bring in an apple from home. On a graphing mat graph the apples by
size, color, etc.. Pick one of the sorting categories and have the students copy it onto a
piece of graph paper for a representational graph.
All Around the Apple: This is a picture of my apple. The color of my apple is
____________. (Draw a picture of apple.)
The mass of my apple is the same as _______________ teddy bears. (teddy bear
Measure around the apple with a string.
The string measures the same as a train of _______unifix cubes or ______teddy bears.
Apple Parts 0020xxsx,x,,.s,002Cs,xs,sx,x,x,.xs,x
Cut your apple in half. Make a sketch of each piece.
How many parts all together? Each part if called one-__________ or 1/2.
Cut each half in two parts. Make a sketch of each piece now.
How many pieces all together?______
Each piece is called one __________ or 1/4.
Taste a piece of the apple. Write about your apple.
     Together as a class, make a story dealing with counting apples. For the story, have

       the character walk around to different places and have him or her find apples and
       place them in a basket. As the story progresses, he character has one more apple
       for each page. The children get practice counting objects with a one to one
      Draw 16 apple shapes and make sufficient copies for the whole class on red
       construction paper. Have the numbers 1 through 16 labeled on the apples, but
       don’t have the numbers in order. Give a sheet of numbered apples to each student
       and have them cut them all out and place them on a picture of an apple basket in
       order from 1 to 16.
      Cut out a bunch of little apple shapes and give a bunch to each student. Make big
       worksheets for the students that have pictures of several trees on them. Make it so
       each tree has a different number on its trunk. The students are to glue the
       appropriate amount of apples on to their trees and color the final projects.
      Give a worksheet to each student with a bunch of apples on them. Have the apples
       either have the a number less than 7 on it or a number larger than 7 on it. Explain
       to the class that if the apple has a number smaller than 7 on it to color the apple
       red, to make a red apple. Also tell them that if the number inside the apple is
       larger than 7 to color it green, to make a green apple. After the students are done
       with this, have them count out how many reds and how many greens there are.
       Also have them state whether there are more red apples or green apples.
      Give the students a big piece of paper divided into three equal sections. Also give
       them some already-cut-out apple shapes cut out of red construction paper. Have
       the students draw three different pictures, one in each section, and have them glue
       some apples to their pictures. Tell the students to make the pictures so that adding
       apples will make sense. For example tell them that they can draw a bunch of trees
       and then glue apples on the trees, or make a basket, and have them glue apples in
       the basket. After they are done, have them count the apples in each of the three
       sections. Tell them to draw a star on the top of the section that has the most

Social Studies/history
“Good Samaritan’ or Entrepreneur?” Debate.
Who was the real Johnny appleseed? We know that his given name was John
Champman, but was he a Good Samaritan or an entrepreneur? The students can be jury.
Have them study library material and debate questions. In the end, take a vote to see how
most of the students view Johnny after looking a little closer.
Social Studies/history – Historical Ballad
William Tell is another fabled character often associated with the apple. Your students
can learn more about his life and the shot that “split the apple in two” above the head of
his young son by searching online encyclopedias. Have class members work in small
groups to create historical ballads that tell the tale of William Tell and share them with
the group.

Social Studies – Virtual Field trip

  Imagine visiting an apple orchard with out having to leave the classroom. Visit to the
   apple describes the experience of visiting an apple orchard and picking
apples. It poses though-provoking questions for students to answer. This web-site would
             be great warm-up to a real trip to an orchard if there is one nearby.
Arts and Crafts
                         Apple printing
                         Shakers

       Dramatic Play
                      Set Up an Apple Stand
       o                        Prepare an apple stand by providing the children with
             bags, plastic apples, cash register, money, stand, and bushels. Encourage
             buying, selling and packaging

                         Little Apples
                         Apples off My Tree
                         My Apple Tree

       Finger Plays
                         Apple Tree
                         Picking Apples
                         An Apple
                         Apple Chant
                         The Apple
               Apple Tree

Herr, Judy and Larson, Yvonne Libby. Creative Resources for the Early
Classroom. 4th Edition. Thomson Delmar Learning, 2004.
    Apple Poems and Songs

Ten Little Apples
One little, Two little, Three little apples,
Four little, Five little, Six little apples,
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little apples,
Ten little apples on the tree.
(You can also sing it backwards)

Apples Big
Apples big,
Apples small,
Guess what?
I like them all!

Ten Red Apples
Ten red apples grow on a tree
Five for you and five for me
Let us shake the tree just so
And then red apples will fall below

Ten Rosy Apples
Ten rosy apples high in a tree
Safely hiding where no one can see
When the wind goes rocking to and fro
Ten rosy apples to the ground must go

In The Apple Tree
Away up high in the apple tree
Two red apples smiled at me
I shook that tree as hard as I could
Down came those apples and mmmmmm they were good!

If I Were An Apple
If I were an apple
And grew on a tree
I think I’d drop down
On a nice boy like me
I wouldn’t stay there
Giving nobody joy
I’d fall down at once
And say “Eat me, my boy”

Do You Know the Apple Man
(Tune of the Muffin Man)
Oh, do you know the apple man
the apple man
the apple man
Oh, do you know the apple man
who likes to play with me
Oh, he has a great big smile
a great big smile
a great big smile
Oh he has a great big smile
and likes to play with me.

Johnny Appleseed Song
(sung to Do you Know the Muffin Man)

Do you know the apple man,
the apple man, the apple man?
Do you know lthe apple man?
He planted apple seeds.

He wore a pot upon his head,
upon his head, upon his head.
He wore a pot upon his head.
His name was Johnny Appleseed.

John Chapman was his real name,
his real name, his real name.
John Chapman was his real name;
But, we call him Johnny Appleseed.

Five Apples

The first apple in the basket
was bright and shiny red.
The second apple in the basket
said,"What a cozy bed!"
The third apple in the basket
said,"Please move over there."
The fourth apple in the basket
said,Now we are two pair."
The fifth apple in the basket,
said,"Oh dear, me-oh-my!"
"This basket looks like pastry,"
"I think we're apple pie!"

****The kids cut out a basket run off on light brown construction and paste on
     light blue. They cut out 5 red apples to put in their basket along with the
     above poem.

To go with apple tree/fingerprint apples:

These are special apples,
Hanging on this tree.
I made them with my finger prints.
They are a part of me!

To go with Johnny Appleseed paper bag puppet:
Thank you Johnny Appleseed.
We owe you quite alot.
For the apples that you planted
With a Bible and a cooking pot.

Your seeds were planted far and wide.
You gave a helping hand.
A friendly word you had for all,
Across our frontier land.

Thank you Johnny Appleseed.
We owe you quite alot.
The lovely trees and apples,
And the lessons that you taught!

Apple Magic
By Margaret Hillart
In every single apple lies
A truly magical surprise.
Instead of slicing down,
slice through
And watch the star
appear for you!

Four Red Apples on the Tree
(tune: this old man)
Four red apples on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So shake that tree and
                Watch them fall.
One, two, three, four - that is all.




Combine sugar and cinnamon. Slice apple into 16 pieces. Separate dinner rolls into 8
triangles; cut in half. Place 1 apple slice on each triangle. Roll up: starting at the shortest
side of triangle and roll to opposite point. Completely covering apple, sealing all the
edges well. In electric fry pan or sauce pan, fry in 2-3" hot fat (oil) about 2 to 3 minutes
until deep golden brown. Drain on paper towel. While still warm, roll in cinnamon-sugar

Apple Crisp

          3 pounds tart apples
          2 tablespoons lemon juice
          1/2 cup brown sugar
          1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
          1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
          1/3 cup all-purpose flour
          1/3 cup granulated sugar
          1/3 cup rolled oats
          4 tablespoons cold butter (1/2 stick)
          1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
Peel, core and chop apples, toss in a bowl with lemon juice to prevent darkening. In a
separate bowl, combine brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg; stir into apples. Set aside.
In another bowl combine flour, sugar and oats. Cut butter into 8 pieces, and cut butter
into flour until mixture looks like crumbs. Stir in nuts. Butter a 10 X 10-inch baking dish.
Spread apples in bottom of baking dish then sprinkle with flour mixture. Bake at 375° for
45 minutes, or until apples are tender and topping is lightly browned. Serve warm or at
room temperature.

Johnny Appleseed Sandwiches
The Mailbox Kindergarten Aug/Sept 1995)-Use 1 apple slice for the bottom of the
sandwich. Spread peanutbutter on the apple slice. Use 1 apple slice for the top of the

Crock Pot PINK Applesauce

About 20 med. apples (any kind)* peeled and cored.
  (Tip: Use an apple slicer to cut and core the apples and then use a
   knife to quickly peel off the skin on the back of each wedge.)

2 Cups Sugar (More or less to taste to your preference)

1/4 Cup Red Hots
   (Gives it the pink color--a tip from my Grandma, Emmie Dull.)

*I always have each child bring 1 apple during apple week for patterning and graphing
activities. I use their apples on Friday to make applesauce.
Turn on the crockpot as soon as you get to school so it will be ready when the kids arrive
to make the applesauce. I read the "Little Red House Story" above and then we cut one
apple to see the star. I then make the apple sauce with the kids. Have the apples pre-cut
and peeled and ready to go!

Add the apple slices to the hot crockpot. (They will not all fit at once so you may want to
use 2 crockpots, or wait until the apples have cooked up a bit and then add more to the
pot.) Add the
sugar and cinnamon candies. Stir.

While the applesauce cooks, our class makes an Apple Shape Book about our favorite
apple foods and I let each student come up and have a turn stirring the applesauce during
this work time. It takes about 3 hours to cook on HIGH. I usually turn it off around
lunch time and let it cool. It makes enough for about 20 children to have about 1/4 cup.
As always, some kids LOVE it and some kids don't. Either way, your classroom will
smell great ALL day!! :o)
An Apple a Day- Patent, Dorothy
Apple Pie Tree- Hall, Zoe
An Apple Tree through the Year- Schnieper,
Apple Trees- Saunders Smith, Gail
Apples- Nottridge, Rhoda
From Seed to Applesauce Johnson, Hannah
My Apple- Davies, Kay
Better Known as Johnny Appleseed- Hunt,
Johnny Appleseed- Demuth, Patricia
Johnny Appleseed-Norman, Gertrude
Johnny Appleseed: A Tall Tale- Kellogg,
The Story of Johnny Appleseed- Aliki
The True Tale of Johnny Appleseed- Hodges,
Apple Tree Christmas- Noble, Trinka Hakes
Apples and Pumpkins- Rockwell, Anne
The Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree- Gibbons,

Apple Books

Apple Crisp

Apple Muffins


Apple Sequence Cards

Apple Songs, Finger Plays, Poems

Fine Arts Activities
Herr, Judy and Larson, Yvonne Libby. Creative Resources for the Early Childhood
        Classroom. 4th Edition. Thomson Delmar Learning, 2004.

Tree Journal

Varieties of Apple Chart

Virtual Tour

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