Apple Activities for K-1

As Johnny Appleseed’s birthday approached, we wrapped up the last two weeks of September with our All About Apples unit! I love this unit because it goes so well with our Five Senses unit in science.

During our reading block, we focused on a variety of nonfiction texts each day of the unit. Many of the books I read to the class came from Epic! (www.getepic.com) because they have such a great variety of nonfiction texts. I loved using the resources found in the Apple Activities packet created by Star Kids to pair with the books I was reading. The product includes resources for the apple life cycle, parts of an apple, apple taste test graphing, and much more!

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For our Apple Taste Test, we used a Red Delicious Apple, a Golden Delicious Apple, and a Granny Smith Apple. Before starting the experiment, I read the name of each apple off the sticker. The kids loved that each one had a special name. The book, Apples by Gail Gibbons is a classic and the kids really enjoy learning about the different types of apples.

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I passed the apples around the class, so that every student had a chance to look at the apples before I cut them. I had the students use their sense of sight, smell, touch, and even sound before tasting the apples. I really wanted them to notice every detail. After tasting each apple, I passed out blank apples for them to cast their votes. They had to color their apple based on which one they thought was their favorite. I called a few up at a time so that I could glue their apple in the appropriate section of our graph.

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The next day, we began to make our apples for the apple tree in the hall.

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For the second week of our unit, we used our knowledge of apple adjectives to create a tree map. This graphic organizer is great to use with descriptive words. We focused on the 5 senses and what we observed during the Apple Taste Test.

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Based on the information we collected on the graphic organizer, we were able to do our Apple Core writing/craft found in the product listed on the top, which was created by Star Kids.

We love APPLES!

-Judy and Naomi ❤️

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