Classroom Resources

Monthly Themes

Apples

Writing Prompt

Story:

Have students write a story about a group of children who find something special during a visit to an apple orchard.

Activities

Grades K–3: Art
Apple Star Prints

Cut apples horizontally through the middle to reveal a star pattern in the core. Have the students dip the apples in poster paint to make apple prints. Then have the students dictate or write words that describe the apple design artwork.

Grades K–3: Language Arts
Apple Adjectives

Have students write words that describe an apple on the apple outlines. You might wish to create a class book of students' work.

  • Apple With Lines (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/hme/k_5/shapebook/pdf/applewol.pdf
  • Apple Without Lines (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/hme/k_5/shapebook/pdf/apple.pdf
Grades K–3: Social Studies
The Apple Man

Explain to the students that Johnny Appleseed was a real person who traveled the country planting apple seeds and making friends along the way. Then have each student color online a picture of the famous “apple man.”

Grades K–3: Social Studies/Language Arts
It's Johnny's Birthday!

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed) was born on September 26, 1774, in Massachusetts. Have each of the students make a birthday card for Johnny with drawings and pictures of apples and apple-related items cut from newspapers or magazines. Have each student dictate or write a birthday greeting including a short thank-you note for planting so many apple trees across the country.

Grades K–3: Art
Paper Apples

Provide the students with paper plates and a variety of colored paper in red, green, and yellow. Have each of them draw a shape of an apple on a plate, rip the colored paper into small bits and glue them inside the apple outline, then label the apple with a descriptive word or sentence.

Grades K–3: Science
Apple Sorting

With so many different types of apples available, have each of the students bring in one or two of their favorites (or use pictures from newspapers or magazines). Then have the students sort them by color and size.

Grades K–1: Language Arts/Art
Dotting Your ABC's

Have the students practice their ABC's while connecting the dots.

  • Apple Dot-to-Dot
  • http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/ctd/cdapple.gif
Grades 1–3: Science
Apple Guesses

Provide apples to the students. Ask them to guess whether an apple will sink or float in water. Put the apples in water to test students' hypotheses. Then ask them to estimate the number of seeds inside their apples. Cut open the apples and have the students count the seeds. Discuss the results.

Grades 1–3
Worming Their Way

It's a piece of cake for worms. What will it be for your students? Have the students try to worm their way through an apple maze.

Grades 1–3: Social Studies/Mathematics
A+ Apple

Which apple is the class favorite? Have students take a poll, then chart their results on graph paper.

Grades 2–3: Language Arts
Apple Words

Have your students find other words in the word “apples.” For example, they might find these words: “ape(s),” “lap(s),” “pal(s),” “pale(s),” “sap,” “sale,” and “slap.”

Grades 2–3: Language Arts
Ode to an Apple

Share apple poems with your students. Then ask them to write their own apple poems.

Grades 2–3: Science/Art
What Apples Are Made Of

Have a class discussion about the parts of an apple, including the stem, leaf, skin, meat, core, and seeds. Then have the students make and label apple mosaics.

Grades 2–3: Language Arts
Word Find

Have the students find apple-related words hidden in a puzzle.

  • Apples (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/september/pdf/apples_wf.pdf
  • Apples Answer Key (PDF file)
  • http://www.eduplace.com/monthlytheme/september/pdf/apples_wf_key.pdf
Grades 2–3
Taking a Close Look

Have the students test their observation skills by finding hidden objects in a picture of Johnny Appleseed.

Grades 2–8: Language Arts/Science/Mathematics
Describe an Apple

Assemble students in pairs or groups and provide them with apples and measuring devices, such as scales, measuring tape, or string. Have the students thoroughly examine their apples. Ask them to study such attributes as height, width (circumference), shape, color, taste, smell, and texture. Then have the students describe their findings out loud or in writing. Challenge the students by collecting their apples, then having each student identify his or her original apple.

Grade 3: Language Arts
Apples, Apples, Everywhere

Apples are everywhere—orchards, teachers' desks, expressions (“An apple a day...”), Shakespeare's plays, science (Isaac Newton), computers (Apple). Have your students brainstorm a list of places where apples, or references to apples, appear. Then have them choose their favorite expression or place and create an apple poster.

Grades 3–4: Mathematics
Apple Fractions

Have the students begin their understanding of fractions by watching you cut an apple into sections.


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