10.25.2011

Fall Lesson Plan ~ Week 2: Apples

Story Time/Discussion Points:

  • Discuss how apples are fruit and grow on trees. How there are different types and they come in different colors.
  • Open up an apple and talk about the inside. Talk about the seeds and where they come from and why apples need seeds.
  • Talk about the nutritional value of apples and how they are used in all different types of recipes.
  • This week would be a good time to incorporate the story of Johnny Appleseed. Johnny Appleseed was the nickname for John Chapman, a kind and generous American pioneer born in 1774 who planted apple seeds in Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois.
  • Discuss some facts about apples:
    • Apples float because 25% of their volume is air.
    • 2500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States
    • 7500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world
    • Apples are grown in all 50 states
    • It takes the energy from 50 leaves to produce one apple


Field Trip Idea
Take your children apple picking. It's a truly great bonding experience. It's fun, educational, and best of all, at most places you get to make and drink apple cider at the end! Plus, you have plenty of apples to make great dishes with! Yum!


Skills Learned
Colors, Textures, Counting, Sorting, Fine Motor Skills, Gross Motor Skills, Nutrition


Art

1. Apple Prints: Slice apples in half down the center. Let children dip the open side of the apple into paint and stamp paper with them. As you can see, lifting the apple out of the paint might be a little difficult for smaller hands. This problem was easily fixed by making a small slit in the apple and inserting a wide popsicle stick.








2. Apple Lacing: Cut out apple shapes from pieces of cardstock. Punch holes around the entire edge. Let children use yarn, ribbon, or string to lace the edges of the apple.




3. Paper Plate Apples: Use small paper plates. Let children pour glue over the entire plate and cover with torn construction paper. After one side has dried, repeat with the other side. You can also do multiple colors. Add a paper leaf and a brown pipe cleaner stem. The pipe cleaner will allow you to hang your child's apple anywhere.





4. Apple Tree: Let children finger paint a tree. Cut out many small apples out of construction paper. Let children count the apples as they glue them to the tree.






5. Tissue Paper Apple: Draw an apple on a piece of white construction paper. While you are doing this, allow children to rip pieces of tissue paper and crumble them up. Trace the outline in glue and allow children to place yarn on the glue. After all of the apple has been outlined in yarn, fill with the tissue paper.







6. Apple Core: The idea for this art project came from here. After cutting open an apple and discussing the inside and what it looks like, allow children to create an apple core. Cut paper plates in an hour glass shape to make the core of the apple. Have children paint the top and bottom halves of the paper plate, leaving the middle part white. Let children dip their finger in black paint and press in the middle of the core in a triangle shape, making the seeds. Use the remainder of the cut paper plate as the apple leaves. Super cute idea!





Math/Science

1. Planting Apple Seeds: Save some apple seeds from your apples. With your child, plant your seeds. While you are planting the seeds, talk with your children about what planting the seeds does and what they think will happen after the seeds have been planted.



2. How Many Apples Am I?: Have your child lay on the floor. Next to them, place the apples from head to foot to measure how many apples tall they are.



3. Counting Apple Seeds: Cut out some apple seeds from black construction paper. Make a number chart with your child and have them tell you the number in each box. After your child tells you each number, have them dot that many spots of glue in the square then place the apple seeds on the glue. When the chart is finished, go over each number and have your child count the apple seeds.





4. Apple Graph: Collect assorted apples. Have children make a graph of apples by size, color, and type of apple.



5. Make Homemade Apple Sauce: A great cooking activity. Here is a link to a super duper easy apple sauce recipe. Seriously...it's so easy, it's actually done in the microwave! You can find this recipe, here.




Dramatic Play Ideas
Let children pretend to bake an apple pie. Have them tell you all of the ingredients they use.




5 comments:

  1. Oh wow...this is great. I need to save this for my sister who plans to home school!

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  2. Wow, what a lot of great apple activities. We have already done our apple activities for this year, but I will have to keep these in mind for next year (think I will be bookmarking this page). I love the apple core. We did the painting with the apple half (we stuck it on a fork) last year. We put them on a tree though.
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  3. Was wondering if you have read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World. It was a great book. We read it with our Five in a Row curriculum this year.

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  4. Love the artwork!
    This is a great idea. I love it!

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  5. What Fun!!

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