J had his cousin over for the apple day of our Fall Fun unit study. We had a lot of fun with math, science, and art today.
- How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro
Apples are a fruit.
Apples belong to the “rose” family.
Apples come in almost every shade of red, green and yellow.
The size of apples varies from a the size of a golf ball to the size of a grapefruit.
Apples are a fruit that is grown in all 50 States in the United States of America.
The Pilgrims planted the first United States apple trees in the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
An average size apple contains about 80 calories.
George Washington enjoyed pruning apple trees in his spare time.
Some apples are delicious for eating and some are best for baking.
Comprehension Questions: Show children a red, green, and yellow apple. Write “Apples are…” (inside an apple) on the board and ask the children to finish the sentence with adjectives. Then let the children taste each color of apple and graph what their favorites are.
Apple Pie Craft
2 paper plates
Red tissue paper
String or ribbon
- Paint the back of one place brown.
- Take the two paper plates and hole punch them around the outside (mark where you marked them so you can match them up.
- Then crumple the tissue paper and glue it to the bottom “crust”.
- Sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Cut oval holes in the top so it looks more like a pie.
- String the pie crusts together. Use the extra sting to hang it.
Parts of an Apple
The boys used the Parts of an Apple print out to show me what they already know about apples parts.
J did page 13 in his A Beka Art Projects 2 book to make the stuffed apple.
- Paper Towel
- Construction Paper
- Red Crayon
- First he cut out the apple, stem, and leaf from the book.
- Then trace the apple onto a white paper towel.
- Carefully color the apple.
- Cut out the paper towel apple.
- Glue the red apple to the construction paper.
- Curl up the tip of the leaf and glue it to the leaf.
- Glue the base of the stem to the apple.
- Put bit of glue on the bottom o the red apple.
- Press the lower half of the paper towel apple to the glued apple.
- Stuff torn pieces of paper towel between the apples.
- Glue the tops of the apples together.
- Red Delicious Apple
- Peanut Butter
- Chocolate Chips
- Granola Cereal
- Core and slice the apple into about ½ inch slices.
- Use on piece for the bottom of the sandwich and put peanut butter on it.
- Sprinkle on chocolate chips and granola.
- Then add peanut butter to another slice of apple and put it on top of the sandwich.
Apple Cycle Sequencing Cards
I found these Apple Cycle Sequencing Cards for the boys to color, cut out, and place in order.
Apples for Sale
Brown Paper Bag
Green Pipe Cleaner
Green Construction Paper
- Cut the apple in half and pour some paint on the plate.
- Dip the apple in the paint and make apple prints in the middle of the paper.
- Cut 1 inch strips of brown paper bag and lay them out in the shape of a basket.
- Put a green pipe cleaner stem and green leaf shapes from construction paper.
- Make an “Apples for Sale” sign with brown paper and a marker. Stick out of the basket.
Read: Apple Fractions by Jerry Pallotta
- Apples of different types
- Colored Pencils
- Paper Plates
- Be sure to choose apples that have the sticker from the store still on them so you know the types. We printed out this Apple Varieties sheet for the boys to see even more types of apples.
- Set them out and write the name of each apple down the side of you paper.
- Next to each apple name write what color, shape and size it is (you can draw a picture of each apple too).
- Weigh each apple and record the information on your chart.
- When you wash the apples see if they sink or float?
- Next cut each apple in half (write ½ on the board to show the children what half looks like) count how many it takes to make a half.
- Then cut the halves in half to make the apple into fourths (write ¼ on the board and count how many it takes to make a fourth).
- Cut the apples into eighths now.
- Draw a large X on your paper plate and write the name of each type of apple in one triangle. Place those apples in the corresponding triangle.
- Taste each apple and record how each apple tastes (sweet, sour, crisp, soft)
Fall Fun Unit Study