1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple Investigations With Me
Yesterday's articles featured all sorts of apple craftivities. Today's apples incorporate a bit of science and math. Whenever I started a themed unit, I always began by reading some interesting books.
To cover all sorts of genre, I included fiction as well as non fiction stories, and sprinkled in some poems and songs too. To get a list of my apple books, click on the link. Another thing I did, was to do some research of my own.
One of my favorite things about the Internet, is the incredible amount of material on the web. People have spent hours sharing their knowledge and ideas, and I'm grateful.
I absolutely LOVE doing research and finding out interesting information about the things my students will be studying. I'm always amazed at the amount of "cool stuff" that I also learn along the way.
Highlight the facts you want to share with your students. After you read the information, test students' comprehension, by having them write 3 facts down on the recording sheet that's provided.
They could also add facts to some of the art projects discussed yesterday, like writing information on a paper chain for the 3D apple "dangler" activity. Click on the link to grab your copy of the 125 Interesting Apple Facts.
A quick, easy and fun way to get some science into your lessons, is to cover the life cycle of an apple.
For hands-on learning, I've designed 4 different "craftivities" to show the life cycle of an apple.
Completed projects make awesome bulletin boards, or decorations for your hallway. (Suspend them from the ceiling, as a border along a wall.)
The first packet features an apple, apple pie, and apple tree option.
You can choose which you feel is most age-appropriate, or give older students a choice. Click on the link for the Life Cycle of an Apple packet.
This packet will be FREE for an entire year (!) after which time, it will be up-dated and rolled into my 33-page Life Cycle of an Apple Activities packet in my TpT shop.
The fourth option, is an apple "dangler" because once completed, it looks terrific dangling from the ceiling.
I made it 3 dimensional by doubling up on the tree and apple cut outs (folding and gluing them together) and making the apple blossom out of a coffee filter that I edged with pink marker.
Click on the link for the Life Cycle of an Apple Dangler craft.
Finally, for some apple math activities, I designed the apple investigations packet. It will help your students learn about measurement.
Children measure height, weight, width and circumference of their apple. They trace and write vocabulary-building words, predict, answer questions, plus collect and analyze data.
As you can see, a lot of standards are covered in this simple booklet. Click on the link above, to grab your FREEBIE.
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I'm writing this early Saturday morning so that it will automatically go live on Sunday. I really try to limit my computer time on the weekends. Having family coming over for a day of swimming, certainly helps me "behave". I'm off to get ready for some memory-making fun.
"You can count the seeds in an apple, but you can't count the apples in a seed." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Study Johnny Appleseed With Me!
I've had several requests for some activities about Johnny Appleseed, so I designed this 10-page packet, which will help your students develop their writing skills.
The Packet Includes:
Click on the link to view/download the Johnny Appleseed packet. If you're looking for other Johnny Appleseed activities, I spent several hours searching for some interesting things for my readers.
To help learn some basic facts, and include singing into your day, there's a Johnny Appleseed song on YouTube that's under 2 minutes. A while back, Disney came out with a Johnny Appleseed movie. It's only 17 minutes long and can be viewed on YouTube. This would make a nice culminating activity to your Johnny Appleseed studies.
I use coloring pages to make worksheets with letters, numbers, shapes etc. I also turn them into math sheets and connect the dots via skip counting. When my students are done with the task at hand, they can color the picture. I'm always on the lookout for coloring pages that fit my theme. A Johnny Appleseed coloring page can be found at this link. Martin also has a Johnny Appleseed coloring page, as well as education world.
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"I keep six honest serving men; they taught me all I know; their names are What and Why and When and How and Where and Who." -Rudyard Kipling
1-2-3 Come Make Some Apple Art With Me!
I've had several requests for some quick and easy art activties, that teachers can do in a short amount of time, or set up as centers. Here are some of my all-time favorites.
A melted crayon apple looks awesome and takes only a few minutes to make. Students cut out their apple and glue a leaf and stem to it. Teacher reads the poem and reviews rhyming. "Apples can be yellow, red or green. These are the prettiest apples you've ever seen!"
As a terrific fine motor skill, children peel a red, yellow and green broken crayon.
When it is their turn, children bring their apple and crayons to the adult-run center, where they "shave" their crayons in a crayon sharpener, to make piles of shavings. Students pinch some and sprinkle in a few places on their apple, being careful not to cover the poem.
The teacher or room helper, lays a piece of wax paper on top, and carefully presses down with an iron on its lowest setting. After a few seconds (s)he gently peels back the paper to reveal a multi-colored apple tree. My Y5's often squealed with delight at how cool their apple looked. Click on the link to view/download the Crayon Melt Apple activity.
Another easy apple "craftivity" that helps strengthen finger muscles, is a rip and tear apple. Even a young child can work independently at this center, as they tear red, yellow, green, and brown strips of paper into color piles, and then glue them to their apple cut out.
Any of these projects make an outstanding apple bulletin board, or if you do several, arrange them all on a wall, with the caption: Apple-icious Work! Click on the link to view/download the Rip & Tear Apple pattern.
As you can see in the photographs, I have my kiddo's use yellow, green and red, to reinforce the fact that apples can be all of those colors. Another way to bring this idea home, is to have children color the apple squares template. I designed the "graph" paper with large squares for little ones, as well as smaller squares for older children.
Use this "craftivity" to reinforce an ABC pattern as well. Click on the link to view/download The Color-Me Apple activity.
Every now and then, I liked to throw in a few crafts that I knew parents would absolutely love.
I call these "Keepsake Crafts." Tracing a child's arm, on brown construction paper, with their fingers spread to make "branches" results in the perfect apple tree trunk.
Children dip their index finger in red paint, or red glitter glue and dab on 10 fingerprint apples. Include a child's oval photo in the "hollow" of the tree, for that finishing touch.
This apple craft has a poem, so you can review that genre, along with rhyming words. "Cute little apples hanging from my tree. I made them with my fingerprints; they're a special part of me. The 10th one will be the last; listen now and I'll count them fast: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10."
Having children count the 10 apples, reinforces that math standard as well. Click on the link to view/down load The Keepsake Apple Tree Pattern.
Finally, allowing children to paint, is a bit messy, but also provides wonderful fine motor skill practice, and my Y5's absolutely loved it. Have children add seeds to the back of their apple, by pressing their index finger onto a brown stamp pad and then making a star design in the center.
To make this a noisemaker-shaker, add rice or birdseed before you staple their creation. These also look sweet dangling from the ceiling. Click on the link to view/download the Painted Apple Bowl activity.
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"The art of teaching, is the art of assisting discovery." -Mark Van Doren
1-2-3 Come Do Some Apple "Craftivities" With Me
Studying apples was one of my very favorite units. Apples can be used across the board for every subject. I especially enjoy designing hands-on apple lessons that help students practice their fine motor + listening and following direction skills. Because my room was on the far end of the school, one of the corridors provided a hallway to myself! I LOVED decorating it to the hilt, with my students' "mess-terpieces"; we always received tons of compliments too.
To introduce, and encourage rhyming, I like to make up poems and songs to familiar tunes. I used the tune of 3 Blind Mice for the Apples Apples Apples dangler. It reinforces the concept of small-medium and large, as well as the fact that apples can be red, yellow or green. Older students can also label the parts of an apple.
To make this even more special, have students glue their photo to the leaf, and press their pinkie finger on a brown stamp pad, to make the 5 seeds in the center of their apple. Making a brown construction paper loop for a stem, adds pizzazz, and makes it easy to hang these from the ceiling. Click on the link to veiw/download the Apples Song Dangler.
Small squares of red, yellow and green tissue paper, collaged on a card stock apple, also provides great fine motor skill practice. The results are truly amazing. For a high gloss finish, gently paint the top of the apple, with watered-down Elmer's white glue, or Modge Podge. For that extra bit of pizzazz, add a scrap of calico fabric and a button. Click on the link to view/download the Tissue Paper Apple Activity.
If you've cut apples using an Ellison die-cut machine, save the outside "frame." For an "instant" apple, put the "frame" on top of the tissue paper collage. If you want these to have a "stained glass" look, collage the tissue squares on a sheet of wax paper, trim and hang in the window.
Another quick & easy craftivity your students can do, to reinforce the concept of 3D, as well as the fact that apples come in 3 colors, is to have them make an apple pencil topper.
I call these apple twirlers, because you can rub the pencil between the palms of your hands and make the apple twirl.
To make one, run off the apple template on red, green and yellow construction paper. Students trim their apples, fold them in half and then glue each half together til they have a 3 dimensional apple, whose "faces" are red, green and yellow. This is a teachable "fraction" moment, to cover the terms "whole" and "half." While the glue is still wet, students slide their apple onto the top of their pencil. Click on the link to view/download the Pencil Apple Twirler.
A spin off of this activity, is a tri-colored apple paper chain. Instead of putting their apple on top of a pencil, students add a seed center to each face, punch a hole at the base, make a yarn loop and attach yellow, red and green paper chain links. Review an ABC-ABC pattern with your students, as well as odd and even numbers.
They can make their chains as long as they have time for. Older students can write an apple fact on each one of the strip before they link them up. Click on the bolded link above to view/download this craftivity.
Finally, to add a bit of pizzazz to your apple cut-outs, and help students strengthen their finger muscles, use a hand held crinkler, to give papers the look of corregated cardboard.
You can buy these rollers at any hobby store. They retail for around $18, but watch for weekly 40%-50% off coupons and get one then.
Students simply insert their paper into the roller and crank away. My Y5's LOVED doing this, and nick named the machine "Mr. Cruncher Muncher." Click on the link for the pattern.
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"When you change the way you see things, the things you see change." -Unknown
1-2-3 Come Write About Apples With Me!
Increase your students' writing skills with this quick and easy apple "craftivity." Before hand, brainstorm a list of adjectives that describe apples. For a source of correct spelling, as well as ideas, write the words on the board to be used as a word bank, for your students to refer to as they write their "Apple Sense." Encourage them to use at least one adjective for each section.
Review what the 5 senses are and discuss them as they apply to apples. So students know what to do, and can independently get to work, make an example of your own to share.
To add that finishing touch, have students glue their school picture to the leaf. These make an "apple-icious" bulletin board. Your caption could be: A Crop/Bushel of Great Work or Mr(s). _______________ 's Students Get To The Core Of Writing. You could also punch a hole in the stem, and suspend the apples back-to-back from the ceiling.
Click on the link to view/download the Apple Sense Writing Activity. This activity will be FREE for an entire year, after which time it will be up-dated & become part of my 30-page, Apple Sense: Science & Writing Craftivities packet in my TpT shop.
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"I find that a great part of the information I have acquired, was by looking up something and finding something else along the way." -Franklin P. Adams
(This is so true for me, especially when I'm researching something on the Internet or Pinerest! One thing definitely leads to another as the day flies by!)