of different varieties of apples.
favorite color apples
a bulletin board: "Apeeeeling Work" or "You are the Apple of my Eye"
estimation vs. marble estimation: try to estimate how many seeds are in
an apple and how many marbles are in a clear jar. Which is easier to estimate,
circumference - measure the circumference of different sized apples;
line up the apples from biggest to smallest. Try different types of apples
(apple tasting party) have dried apples, applesauce, apple juice, fresh
apple, apple pie --- which do they like the best? Graph the results.
sequence cards for the kids - seeds, tree w/ flower, tree w/ apples, basket
of apples, apple pie
of the new Creative Teaching Press Learn to Read Books is "Who Will Help?"
It is like the Little Red Hen
Apples and Bananas
child brings an apple. Count, sort, and graph them on a big floor graph.
Weigh some of them using a balance scale and teddy bear counters.
red, yellow, and green apples and graph the favorites.
kids use words to describe apples and the teacher writes them on a big
apple shaped chart.
the story of the Little Red House before using the big book. This is from
The Color Box, too. You can make an apple: kids cut out a big apple shape
from red construction paper, a smaller one from white and this one is glued
on the red one. Draw seeds and add construction paper stem and leaf.
Red House with a Star Inside
fun apple activity is to have the children estimate how many bites it will
take to get to the core of an apple. They can count as they eat! This is
done in pairs with one child behind the other. The one in back does the
work, then they can reverse directions, and repeat with the other child
doing the "work."
applesauce (make an X on the child's back)
Spiders crawling up
your spine (finger walk up child's spine)
Cool breeze (blow on
Tight squeeze (gently
squeeze the child's shoulders)
Now you've got the chillies!
(You get a funny feeling like goose bumps)
Divider Art (taken from the book "Oodles and Doodles of Art' ----- Siegler
& Torgenson, Teaching & Learning Company, 1994. This is a GREAT
book for hands-on, process-oriented art experiences) - Collect paper apple
dividers from the grocery store, gather glue and tempera paint. Authors
say there are several ways to use items: (1) mix paint with the glue and
then let students drizzle on the inside of the dividers or (2) have students
paint outside of the apple dividers with lots of different colors. Authors
suggest also using dividers for collages with various materials added.
Picture - Make a stencil for apples and worms and let the student make
a rubbing over the stencil with crayons to make the magic picture appear.
the students draw a picture of a tree and then allow them to place their
thumb on a red stamp pad (washable). Next, have them stamp their thumb
print on their tree and then they draw green leaves. Can be done individually
or as a group for a mural. Allow your students access to collage materials
to see what they can create. You could have students write/dictate a stories,
write the various numbers of apples they stamped, or write simple sentences
like "I see ___ apples" for a class book.
the students work in small groups to design their own 'Mini Apple Orchard".
Fill a pan with dirt, twigs, toy tractors, green sponges for apple trees
with red tissue for apples, or anything the children can come up with as
ideas for their orchards.
Dried Apple Wreaths. (Note: Directions on how to make dried apples follows
in cooking). Cut a wreath shape from cardboard. Glue dried apples rings
around the wreath overlapping them. Gather some dried flowers & leaves
to fill in the wreath. Add a bow at the top if you like.
Apples on Top (a Dr. Suess book). Apples on top project: (great for beginning
of year to get to know names). Cut out a skin colored oval out of construction
paper -Color in face -Glue googly eyes and yarn for hair. Cut several pieces
of 12x18 white construction paper in half On the top of each write "4 Apples
on top of Jill" or whatever the child's name Make apple prints (apple cut
in half) to make the appropriate number of apples for each letter of the
child's name. Hand them around the name. Looks great for displaying a piece
of work from everyone at Open House!
individual monthly books (I think it was September) just had a great ideas
of painting children's hand and part of their arm to make a tree with branches.
We did it today in preschool. Even my most sensory defensive child
"stenciled" this tree 4 times on a piece of 12 x 17 inch paper folder in
fourths for a book entitled "The Seasons of _________ (child's name) Apple
Tree". The books is programed to read each season and what you would
find on an apple tree during the four seasons. The book suggests
a bare tree for winter, tissue paper blossoms for spring, sponge painted
leaves (and using a finger dotted apple) for summer, and torn paper fall
a large floor graph and place our apples in the appropriate column according
about the different products made from apples. Taste some (cider,
pie, juice, applesauce, etc.)
a picture of the outside of an apple.
our apples and list our responses on a chart paper.Cut the apple open and
find the surprise inside (a star shape).
apple halves to stamp paint apple prints.
use plastic knives to chop up the apples to make applesauce.
an apple orchard
apple seeds with a magnifying glass.
some apple seeds and observe.
some A is for Apple alphabet activities.
shaped booklets to use at the writing centre. Some of my children
are printing the colours of an apple (red, yellow and green) , or copying
some of the apple words posted at the writing centre. Others are
drawing pictures about things they know about apples.
an apple tree using plastecine.
apple shaped cards.
thinking Map with the word Apple in the inner circle and words the kids
think of about apples in the larger outer circle.
Appleseed story-color a picture of him with the pot on his head -or make
a Johhny appleseed out of a person shape.
taste test-use 3 different kinds of apples: Delicious,Granny Smith,
and Golden Delicious give each child 1 small wedge of one type at a time
to eat.remind them of the name of the apple.
a graph visibly showing the colors of the apples-red,green and yellow.
Vote using colored small squares of the same colors. Utilize counting and
graphing skills-such as which apple had more votes/less votes? How many
did the red(delicious) apple get? and so on...
a "what I think I know, what I know, and what I have learned" chart write
down what they think they know before you start the unit, in the middle
of the unit do the what I think I now,then at the end of the unit -what
I have learned.
branch in a big pot- I have a big branch in a pot in my roo, We traced
red circles last week and cut them out. I showed them how to glue pre-cut
stems and leaves. We put the apples on our Fall apple tree visibly
showing how the apple tree looks in the fall when the apples are ready
to be picked.
name tags and apple name plates
Prints: I have discovered a few things about doing apple prints so they
come out looking like apples and not just circles. Cut the apples the day
before you will use them for printing. Also, it is helpful to put the paint
on a piece of paper towel in a tray. It becomes more like a stamp pad and
the apples print better.
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