It's Apple Pickin' Time!


 

Poems & Songs

In The Apple Tree
Tune: This Old Man

Away up high in the apple tree
Two red apples smiled at me.
I shook that tree
as hard as I could
Down came the apples
Mmmmm were they good!

APPLESAUCE
Tune:  Yankee Doodle

Peel an apple,
Cut it up,
Cook it in a pot.
When you taste it
You will find
It's applesauce you've got!

The Red Apple

A little red apple
Hung high in a tree
I looked up at it
And it looked down at me
"Come down, please" I called
And what do you suppose---
That little red apple
Dropped right on my nose!

Apple, Apple
Tune: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star

Apple, apple on the tree,
I know you are good for me
You are fun to munch and crunch
For a snack or in my lunch.
Apple, apple on the tree,
I know you are good for me!

I Reached Way Up in the Apple Tree

I reached way up
in the apple tree
And picked a red apple
just for me
I went to take a bite
But what did I see?
Five little worms staring
back at me
They said,
"Eat my house but don't eat me!"
So, I . . . (back to the beginning with 4, 3, 2, 1 worms)

Four Red Apples on the Tree
Tune: This Old Man

Four red apples on the tree,
Two for you and two for me.
So shake that tree and
Watch them fall.
One, two, three, four - that is all.

Ten Little Apples

One little, Two little, Three little apples,
Four little, Five little, Six little apples,
Seven little, Eight little, Nine little apples,
Ten little apples on the tree.

Ten Red Apples

Ten red apples growing on a tree.
Five for you and five for me.
Let's shake that tree just so
And then the ten red apples fall below.
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10!

APPLE
Tune:  Bingo

I know a fruit that grows on trees
And apple is its name-o!

Chorus:
A-P-P-L-E
A-P-P-L-E
A-P-P-L-E
And apple is its name-o!

In summer and in early fall
It's time to pick an apple.
(Chorus)

It may be sweet or may be tart
It's red or green or yellow.
(Chorus)

A McIntosh or Granny Smith
Or a Golden Delicious!
(Chorus)

Make apple juice or applesauce
Or apple pie with apples!
(Chorus)

Applesauce
Tune: Peanut Butter and Jelly
 
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
 
First you take an apple
And you peel it, peel it
peel it, peel it, peel it!
 
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
 
Then you take the apple
And you chop it, chop it
chop it, chop it, chop it!
 
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
 
Then you take the apple
And you squish it, squish it
squish it,  squish it,  squish it!
 
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
 
Then you take the applesauce
And you eat it, eat it
eat it, eat it, eat it!
 
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
Apple, Applesauce - Yummy!
 




Books




Language Activities

Poem for Apple Thumbprint Pictures
 
These are Special apples,
Hanging on this tree,
I made them with my fingerprints,
They are part of me!
 
The children draw a tree on a piece of paper and I help them use a red ink pad to press their fingerprints on and then on the paper as "apples". Then we glue a copy of the poem to the bottom of the paper. 
Apple Poem
 
This is a great math poem to use with your apple unit!  You can write one set the words on a pocket chart, then cut another set for the children to match the words.  Have a supply of red, yellow, and green apples also.
 
                                        Ten Red Apples
                   
        Here I have five apples.
                    (hold up five fingers on right hand)
                           And here are five again.
                             (hold up both hands)
                        How
many apples all together?
                        Why,
five and five make ten!
Felt Board Story:  Five Red Apples

Five red apples hanging in a tree

The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down
 
Four red apples hanging in a tree
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down
 
Three red apples hanging in a tree
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down
Two red apples hanging in a tree
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down
 
One red apple hanging in a tree
The juiciest apples you ever did see.
The wind came by and gave an angry frown
And one little apple came tumbling down.

 
Click here for a printable version to use on your felt board.
Apple ABC
 
Use an apple bulletin board border and label with the uppercase letters A - Z.  Laminate and hang on the chalkboard ledge.  To play the game the children use clothespins with lowercase letters and clip onto the matching letter on the border.




Math & Science Activities

Patterning Activities
 
Make patterns using:

* red, yellow, and green apples
(I also use red and green bingo markers for the children to make patterns with and then they draw their own stems and leaves.)
 
*apples with stems or no stems
 
*apples with "boo-boos" or no "boo-boos"
 
*apples cut in half and dipped into red, yellow, or green paint
Ten Apples Up On Top

After reading Ten Apples Up On Top  give the children an 18"x 11"  piece of construction paper cut in half and turned the "tall" way.   Have each child draw a picture of his/her face at the bottom. Then give each child 10 small apples stickers to put on top of their head/face that they drew at the bottom of the page.

Apple Taste Test
 
Provide small samples different types of apples.  Tell the children the type of apple before tasting each one.  I usually use Granny Smith, MacIntosh, and Golden Delicious so we have green, yellow, and red apples.  After tasting the apples have the children color and write their name on a small apple shape.  Prepare a large class graph with the apple types.  Allow each child to share their favorite apple type and place their apple cut out on the class graph.
Print your own graphs: (1)  (2)

 
After making the graph we make a book titled
"Our Favorite Apples".
I give each child a piece of white construction paper with an eaten apple picture on it.  The children rip pieces of red, yellow, or green   construction depending on their favorite type.  They glue the pieces on the top and bottom of the apple.  The middle stays white and then we glue the seeds (from the apple taste test) onto the center of the eaten apple.
Apples Make Sense!
 
Cut a large apple shaped journal from red, yellow or green paper. Let the children add to it daily during your apple unit apple.  As a final activity have them complete (or dictate to you) the following in their journal:
 
Apples
 
Apples smell_________.
Apples look_________.
Apples feel_________.
Apples sound________.
  Apples taste________.
Sorting
 
Provide a large number of various sizes and kinds of apples.  Use small baskets for the children to sort by size, color, and type.
How Many Seeds?
 
Cut apples in half and allow children to dig out the seeds.   Have the children count the seeds from their apples. 
Who had the most ? Least? Equal amounts?
Apple Trees
 
Make 10 copies of a tree pattern.  Color.  In one corner write a numeral and place the correct amount of apple stickers beside it.  In the other corner write the number word.  Laminate.  To play the game children place the correct amount of apple erasers on the apple tree. 
Apples 1 - 10
 
Make 10 copies of an apple picture or use a cute apple notepad.  Write one numeral (from 1-10) on each apple.  Laminate.  To play the game children place the apples in order from 1 -10.  You can also have apple seeds available and have the children count out the correct amount of seeds to place on each apple.




Art Activities

Paper Plate Apples
 
Give each child a white paper plate.  They can choose to fingerpaint it red, yellow, or green.  When it's dry, we add green paper leaves, a brown stem,
and glue real apple seeds to the center.
Another Apple
 
Give each child a 10"x10" square of red, yellow, or green construction paper.  Have the children snip the corners off  (in little triangles), until the squares become circles or ovals.  To add  leaves have small green rectangles precut and, again, have the children snip the corners off until they become an oval.  Glue on a brown stem. 
Apple Prints
 
  Cut several apples in half.  I use red, green, and yellow apples.  Let the students dip the apples into shallow containers of  paint and press them onto a white sheet of construction paper.
APPLE BAG
 
Fill up a small brown paper bag with crumbled up newspaper.  Twist the top to close (this will also be the stem and painted brown).  Paint the bag red, yellow or green for an apple. Complete by adding construction paper leaves.
Apple Tree
 
Give each child a piece of green construction paper, this represents the leaves.  Have the children rip small pieces of red construction (these represent the apples).  Glue the red pieces onto the green to make apple leaves.  Have the children roll up the corners of the green paper (to add a 3D affect).  Make a trunk by crumbling and uncrumbling up a large brown paper bags.  Staple the bags to the bulletin board and add the apple leaves to the top.



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