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A collection of ideas/activities to use in September to celebrate Johnny Appleseed and apple picking season.
Johnny Appleseed
Posted by:Sandy #10498

I am also planning a celebration next week for John's B-day. This will kick-off my unit on Fall Harvest. I'm sending home a note to parents this Friday asking them to send in an apple of their child's choice. We will use the apples for sorting by color, size, etc. and we'll graph our sorting results; we'll cut some of them up for stamping with yellow, red, and green paint; and in Kindergarten Cafe we'll make applesauce and apple butter. I have Disney's version of Johnny Appleseed on video and an audio version by someone else to listen to during rest time. We always make Johnny Appleseed Pot Hats by cutting a strip of black construction paper that is 6" wide by the circumfrence of the child's head (you'll have to splice 2 pieces together). Make a pot handle from 2" x 6" strip of brown paper. Staple the black strip...

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johnny appleseed
Posted by:LaWanna #49087

I was looking for new ideas for this week as well. I know these are late but maybe for next year. On his birthday we have planned center activities.
1.Bob for apples
2. Apple core mobile - white consruction paper for shape of core, red or green top and bottom and black paper for seeds.
3. Video clip of Legends video from Disney about Johnny appleseed
4. Pampered Chef apple pealer and corer to cut apples, chop with plastic knives, place in crock pot to cook all night on low to make applesauce.
5. Make tree shape, trace around arm from elbow to fingers for trunk and add paint on sponges for leaves and fingerprints for apples on the tree
6. graph favorite apple. Each group will be blindfoled and given a piece of red, green, and yellow apple. Each child will choose their favorite apple. Will make...

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Apple on the tree
Posted by:KB #46067

I have used these topics before in creative writing... If I was the first apple to fall off the tree I would.... If I was the last apple left on the apple tree I would.... Here's what I would do if I was an appple so I would be the first one picked..... This can be varied in many ways. The kids get a kick out of it & so do I!!!!

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Apple mobiles
Posted by:Emily #62592

I make apple mobiles with my first graders during our apple unit.
Here's what we do:
Have cut out ahead of time:
-die-cut apple shapes in green, red and yellow
-2.5 inch lengths of yarn for each student

Each student picks out 5 die cut apples. They need to create a pattern (for example: yellow, red, yellow, red, yellow, red..... or green, red, red, green, red get the point!). They need to be able to verbally tell you their pattern and tell you what would come next if they were able to select 7 apples, or 8 apples.....
The students will write a sentence on their 5 apples. As a class, brainstorm words to describe an apple. I always bring in apples for the kids to eat (red, green and yellow) and find that they are able to come up with some wonderful descriptive words. Write all of the words on...

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apple unit
Posted by:maryellen #58797

We do our apple unit around Sept 27 (Johnny Appleseed b'day) and also learn about John McIntosh, our Canadian apple grower whom the popular "Mac" is named after. As part of our apple unit, we travel to a nearby grocery store. The produce manager explains how they store/protect their apples, what each kind tastes like, is best for (raw eating, cooking, pie)and what country they come from. Sometimes that explains the price differences. We taste different apple snacks there - apple chips, dried fruit leather). Then each child chooses one apple and they run it thru a cash register one at a time. (I bring small brown bags, one each) I record the child's name, kind of apple, and apple cost on the bag, put the apple in, then give it to a parent volunteer who carries 10 per grocery bag back to the school. If the...

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Posted by:emme #86765

I teach Gr 1. After several other math activities with the apples, I tell the story of the star inside and apple, then we open mine to see the star and also count the seeds. Each child estimates the number of seeds in their apple and we cut theirs so they can see the star, take out the seeds, and graph the numbers we find.

Then we pack the 1/2 apples off to the kitchen with a volunteer parent or two, who peel the apples. Meanwhile we're learning the recipe
"Peel an apple, cut it up, put it in a pot.
When you taste it you will find
Its applesauce you've got"
(to the tune of "Yankee Doodle")

When the apples are peeled, groups of 4 children go to the kitchen and are supervised as they use regular (dull) dinner knives to cut some of the...

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Posted by:MA #49029

I have the kids bring in an apple or two. One is usually enough because some take a long time to peel it! Using table knives or plastic knives I have them peel their apple. They usually eat the peelings while we're doing it! Then I cut it into fourths and they trim out the core. Then we put it in the crockpot and with a little water. I'm not sure how much. It depends on how many apples you have. Just enough to almost cover the apples. Cook on low for 3-4 hours. Stir every so often to mush up the apples and to check its progress. When they are soft and mushy it's done. You can add sugar to taste and cinnamon now, or you can add it right away before you cook it. I start with about a quarter cup sugar and a 1 t of cinnamon and then...

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apple and veggies activities
Posted by:Rebecca #19425

*Read Johnny Appleseed by Steven Kellogg.(you might even want to get the same story by another author and compare the stories)

*List food made from apples (applesauce, apple pie, apple juice, apple dumplings, etc.)and taste some of each.

*Graph the students favorite apple food.

*Bring in different types of apples. Have students describe each apple's properties(color, shape, taste,etc.) Then graph favorites.

*Do apple prints (cutting apple to expose the star shape inside).

* On the veggies, Julianne listed a lot of great activities. Also, after showing several veggies, talk about root, stem, flower, leaf and put the veggies under each category.

*To show how stems take up the water to the parts of a plant, take a stalk of celery and place it in colored water. Have students predict what will happen. Check the celery the next day...

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apple idea
Posted by:Sandra #44238

I have used this idea for apples for the last two years.
On or around Johnny Appleseed's birthday, Sept. 26, we talk about different kinds of apples. (I have several children's books about apples) We also talk about Johnny Appleseed and I read a book about him. I give each student a medium-size apple that I've pealed. I've also cut two slits for eyes (diagonally), two vertical slits for the nose, and a smiley slit for the mouth. Each apple is placed on a small paper plate with the students name on it. The student uses his/her fingers to shape the face of the apple. They push in on the slits for the eyes, nose, and mouth. (not too hard) After a few days of drying the students push black-eyed peas in the eye socket area. The apple continues to dry around the pea....

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Jonny Appleseed
Posted by:Lisa McMillan #10500

We are currently doing an apple unit. We are going to celebrate Johnny Appleseed's birthday by tasting different apple recipes. We are also putting together an apple cookbook. I asked the parents to send in their child's favorite apple recipe. I then type the recipes and bind a book for each child. Also this Friday we are having an Apple Extravaganza. I have asked the P.E. teacher to dress up as Johnny Appleseed. He is going to read a story and talk to the kids about his adventures. We then have activity centers set up in 3 classrooms were the children can go and made apple projects. It's a lot of fun!

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Little Red House Story
Posted by:George #62530

Here's an old-fashioned riddle story, which you could use to introduce an apple-related activity. You should have a knife and an apple ready, so at the end of the story you can act out the surprise. Here's my retelling of it:

The Little Red House

Once there were two children with nothing better to do. Noticing this, their grandmother said, "Find the little red house with no door and no windows, and a star inside, and you'll both have a sweet treat to eat"

The children were confused by what their grandmother had said, but since their grandmother knew so many things, they set out to look for the little red house.

The day was very hot, but the children walked around their entire neighborhood looking at all the houses. Finally they found a red house, but it was very large. Then they found a...

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Johnny Appleseed ideas
Posted by:Rebecca #12390

1. I read the version by Steven Kellogg. Then I read the story by a different author. We compare/contrast the books. 2. We work on map skills by using all the places he went. Have students make Johnny's Journal, pretending to be him and writing about things he saw on his journey. 3. I bring in different kinds of apples and we have a tasting party. We also list the properties of each. We graph our favorite apples. 4. We discuss things made from apples and you might even taste and graph favorites. 5. Apple prints are fun(cutting the apple to expose the star shape).
6. Study apple trees.
Hope these help you out. Good Luck and Have Fun with it!

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Posted by:Kim #62571

Take your class "apple picking" where they can look for paper apples around the class or building. Type facts or questions about apples. The children will get excited about looking for the apples and they'll learn on the way. Role play the story The Mouse and the Apple by Stephen Butler. Easy text and repetitive verse. I made the characters to use as a story retelling activity. You can use interactive writing to make character name cards for the children to wear for the role playing. We read Ten Apples Up On Top by Theo. LeSieg and made a class book. I took pictures of the children's faces and they glued a specified # of apples on top. The sentence on the bottom read __________ (name) has ______ (#) apples up on top. I also made a book myself with the students pictures called The Apples of Mrs. Chartier's Eye....

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apple stuff
Posted by:Julianne #11312

I'm probably duplicating some of the ideas from the websites, but here are some of the things we do with apples. Most of them are math and science as those are my areas of responsibility.

Count apples (real ones) from one to twenty

Make patterns with red, yellow and green apples (again, real ones or paper cut-outs)

Make our own apple patterns on a xeroxed sheet of blank apples - 6 apples on each row, about 5 rows.

Learn the color words "red, yellow and green" (we color an apple page where each apple is printed with one of these words.)

Taste different kinds of apples and discuss the tastes.

Write about apples as a group and in our journals. We make a list of things we notice about apples, their color, their scent, their taste, etc.

Graph which kind of apple each...

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apple ideas
Posted by:Jennifer #21015

Hi--I just finished a mini-unit on apples.

Have you ever heard the story about the Little Red House? I told my kids a story about a little red house with no doors and no windows, but it had a chimney and a star inside. I framed it like there was a boy looking for something to do, and his mom challenged him to find the little red house with no doors.....I involve kids from my class in the story, and they're all looking, until they figure out it's an apple. A little red house with no doors and no windows with a chimney (the stem) and a star inside. Then we cut an apple crosswise (the opposite of how we usually cut apples ) and we see the seeds inside a star. Then we made apple prints.

We also talked about the sequence of how an apple grows and made...

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an apple lesson a day...
Posted by:deb #63349

*Read Ten Apples on Top by Leo Sieg. Practice balancing bean bags on top - who can balance ten? Create apple patterns using red/green/yellow apple prints on long strips of paper held vertically. Take a picture of each child's face with eyes looking up and attach to bottom of strip. It looks so cool!
*Hand out numbered paper apples, one for each child at line-up times. Have class line up in numerical order or reverse order. Great number sequence activity.
*Have kids each bring in an apple. Each child estimates how many seeds are in his apple. Use corer to cut apple appart. Use toothpicks to pick out seeds. Compare estimate to actual. Use seeds in an apple project. We make paper apple cores (large red circle cut in half with a wavy line , white paperwith ripped sides for core glued between circle halves, add...

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Apple Unit
Posted by:Misty #63491

We just finished our apple unit. Here is what we did:

Tasted green, yellow, red apples and graphed our favorites.
Planted apple seeds,
I cut brown "trunks" and wrote a number (1-20) on the trunk and they glued on the green top and stuck that many apple stickers to the tree,
They made apple mobiles
They painted paper plate apples
I made an apple file folder game to play with dice for number recognition
We read our own homemade apple books (shaped like apples, they counted, such as one apple, two apples, etc.) The kids used apple shaped rubber stamps to stamp that many apples on each page, then they learned to read them.

I hope that helps. I also incorporated apple stories and used apple worksheets to supplement the lessons. Good luck and have fun!!

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Apple Unit Ideas
Posted by:Renee #63095

I am with a kindergarten teacher who just finished an apple unit.

They graphed which apple was their favorite green or red.
cut an apple in half and dipped it in either red or green paint depending on which one they liked best then stamped the apple half on paper making it their head and drew their body.
in centers they:

weighed apples using a balance scale and counting bears.

did float and sink with differnt parts of the apple ex. skin, core, seed, stem, flesh

writing: teacher said "Apples are" and the student completed the sentence teacher helping the student sound out spelling.
at the end of the week they made bread and had apple butter with it.

this is all I can remeber but I hope it helps! Good luck

read an apple book called apples...

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Apple Unit
Posted by:Jamie L #64528

There is tons of literature, you can make applesauce, plant an apple seed, learn about apple trees, do apple math and write apple poems or they can write "My Life as an Apple" stories about their journey from a seed to an apple pie-- or where ever they want to end up. Aren't there also Johnny Appleseed songs or something? You could even get into that fable.

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Apple Unit
Posted by:Nadine #43402

Math- You can have them sample the different types of apples, red, green, yellow. Graph their favorites using a bar graph.

Science- Explain where apples come from. (Seeds) Cut several apples and have the students observe and pick out the seeds. Have them find the core, the stem. Have them draw what they saw and label the parts.

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Posted by:Sandy #21065

If you want to integrate math and science into the unit here's an idea. Have each child bring in three apples red, yellow, and green. Count the total # of apples as a group or set up in a learning center. Weigh 1 apple, 2 apples. Sort the apples into groups. Make a graph showing how many of each color. Match apple words to pictures, i.e. core written on an index card and a picture card to match. Make applesauce and write the steps on a sequence chart using ordinal numbers. First we peeled the apples, second we cut the apples, etc. Make a diagram of an apple labeling the parts. Organize info into a data retrieval chart or web, i.e. parts, uses, varieties, etc.

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Posted by:deb #61218

science and apples:
how do apples grow? read a book about how apples grow from seeds, to trees to blossoms etc..
what food do you make from apples? apple sauce, apple juice. baked apples. change is science. cooking is science.
what happens to cut apples when they are left out in the open? why? what can happen to cut apples when orange juice is placed on them?

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apple activities
Posted by:Julianne #20837

We just did a couple of fun activities with apples.

We gave each child a small apple to eat. They ate the apple and counted the seeds inside. Then we created a graph and graphed the numbers of seeds in each apple.

We took apples and cut them across and up and down. Then we put poster paint on sponges and made apple prints.

We also did a shared writing where we described how the apples tasted, looked, smelled and felt.

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Idea for an apple craft (editable)
Posted by:Kathy Madow #65588

Hi, You can make a butterfly using an apple. Slice apple down lengthwise Keep skin on for color. Use celery strings for the antena, use a carrot stick for the center, use a long cracker for the branch and stick everthing together with some peanut butter. Then the kids get to eat their creation.

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A few suggestions
Posted by:Kerri M #142595

Can they be any subject? Not sure if this is what you are looking for, but here are a few things I have done:

You could do a lesson on using the scientific method to find out whats inside the apple. have the kids draw a picture of what they think the apple will look like if cut in half vertically and then horizontally. Then cut the apple to find out and then have kids draw a picture in a box next to their first showing what it actually looked like. Discuss whether or not hypotheses were correct.

Another easy one is a math lesson on sequencing by making applesauce. Write the directions on sentence strips and have the class put them in order. Discuss why it order is important. Then follow the recipe in the correct sequence to make your own applesauce.

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Roses in the Snow
Posted by:MalibuBarbie #128116

For a great cooking experience which goes beyond just making :s) applesauce :s) try this:

Have each kid bring in a sliced and cored apple. Dump all together in an electric frying pan or crock pot. Simmer a few hours or until soft. No need to add anything unless maybe some water if it gets dry--probably won't!

(I usually bring in a few apples myself to add to the mix. The mixture of all different types of apples is great for a good apple-y taste!)

In the bottom of a styrofoam cup (and without the kids seeing!) put about 6 mini marshmallows and 3 or 4 cinnamon red hots.

Spoon hot applesauce over the marshies and hotties. Let them sit for a bit to "work their magic" and to cool off.

Hand out the cups--no spoons yet!...

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