The Apples
Unit
Sneak Peek at the Week:
Monday:  apple colors
Tuesday: apple products
Wednesday: apple parts (stem, leaf, skin, meat/flesh, core, seeds)
Thursday: cycles  (apple seeds)
Friday: make caramel apples!
Shared Reading:
The Big Red Apple by
Robert A. and Marlene
J. McCracken
Focus Poetry:
"Apple Tree"
Journal Topics:
*draw an apple tree in the fall
*draw an apple, label the parts
*draw your favorite apple product
*Who planted apple trees all across America?
*Apples can be  _______.
Center Ideas:
art: apple mosaic

fine motor: scribble art apple, lite brite apple

writing: "Apples are ______ ."

sewing: apple shape
Literature
How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
*We discuss the parts of the apple and create a labeled model.



I Am An Apple by Jean Marzollo
*The students watch while an apple is eaten, noting all the
stages from whole apple to core.  They then sequence 4
pictures (whole apple, bitten apple, half an apple, and apple
core) from left to right.


The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe Hall
*We create a model of the cycle apple seeds go through, using
pictures of: seeds, an apple tree, apple blossoms, and an
apple.  The students order them around a circle, drawing
arrows leading to the next phase.




Ten Apples Up on Top by Theo LeSieg
*Click title for more info.







Seasons of Arnold's Apple Tree by Gail Gibbons
*Click title for more info.






Rain Makes Applesauce  by Julian Scheer
*Click title for more info.
More Apple Unit Literature!
Click on book covers for summaries, reviews, and purchase
information from Amazon.com.
Math/Graphs:
The students will each bring an apple to school.  We graph their
apples by: color, size, weight, shape, stem/no stem, leaf/no leaf,
etc.
Science/Social Studies:
After reading The Apple Pie Tree by Zoe
Hall, the students create their own "apple
seed cycle," using pictures of apple seeds,
an apple tree, apple blossoms, and an
apple.  They love telling (anyone who'll
listen) how a cycle keeps repeating over
and over!
Links:
KinderKorner                                  Apples Unit       
Mrs. Burn's Apple Unit                   Johnny Appleseed
     
Mrs. Griffin's Apple Unit                Apple Links
We have put many of our lessons and ideas for this unit into book form.   
You may download a sample pack from the book on our
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