You're the apple of my eye!


 I'm pretty sure most kinder, 1st grade and 2nd grade classrooms are teaching about apples right now or in the near feature. I thought I'd share my ideas with ya...and my printables! :) I love doing this apple unit in 1st grade! Thanks to my team for all the great ideas!

First, I teach my kiddos about the parts of an apple and then label them in our science journal:
I made this apple out of construction paper. 

Then we play the apple parts games!  I give each of my students one of the following cards. Then, I read a clue for one of the parts of an apple. For instance, "this part of the apple protects the inside of the apple". The students with "skin" will hold up their card.  Then, I give another clue and those students will hold up their card. :) It's a great vocabulary game that I got from my teammates.

I give this little test at the end of the week:

In the new common core, the students need to do a bit a lot of opinion writing.  So, this is the week I teach fact and opinion. I do it with apples, of course and I use my pocket chart.

Then, we taste apples! I send home a note a few days earlier and students bring in one apple of their choice. I cut up all the apples and we taste each kind. They decide which one they like the best and write an opinion piece {for the beginning of the year, I only have them state their opinion and one supporting sentence}.

Our graphing math activity for apples is so YUMMY! I bring in apple sauce, juice, pie, and a plain apple. We taste a small bite of each of them and vote for our favorite. Then we record:

We also talk about Johnny Appleseed!  My teammate had the cutest Johnny Appleseed that we did {sorry, no printable for that!} and then we completed a  little vocabulary sheet:

And last but not is a little card I give my kiddos at the end of the week:

No worries, there's more! I've been droolin' over some of the blogs out there! Apple ideas galore!

I also found some WAY cute apple ideas on Cara's blog, The First Grade Parade. Check em' out!

Fran, from Kindergarten Crayons, has a cute pattern/apple book!

I am loving the cute apple bulletin board Miss Elisabeth has posted on her blog!

I found this great apple labeling idea too, from Mrs. Bumgardners 1st grade class!

Math and apples make a fine combination in Mrs. Wills' kinder class! LOVE A LOT!

Busy Bees are just that...BUSY! They have so many ideas to keep you and your kiddos busy with apples.

Michelle has the cutest pre-k ideas! Check out her apple stuff!

Watch out for the CUTEST Johnny Appleseed main idea chart from Abby at The Inspired Apple.

Frames by Print Candee
Clipart &/or fonts copyright and used with permission by DJ Inkers
Clipart by Scrappin Doodles


Mrs. Whary said...

I have some free apple printables and ideas here too:

Natasha Buckner said...

LOVE IT. Thanks for your ideas!!

Jaime said...

These are great, thanks for sharing! Check out my printable "sticky apple notes" for the kids!


Jen R said...

Love it! Thank you so much for sharing...I'm excited to use them next year!

Elisabeth said...

Thanks for the shout out Rachelle! You totally made my day!!!!!! I love all your apple ideas! :)


SC Teacher 28 said...

Thanks for sharing these great ideas! I love your blog. Because of all the blog stalking that I have done this summer I decided to create my own blog to share some of the materials I have created. I hope you will visit!

Kristin said...

Great stuff!!!!!! Super cute! Thanks for sharing!
A Teeny Tiny Teacher

Kathleen said...

Thanks Rachelle! I'm using the fact/opinion idea tomorrow! LOVE IT! PS - our apple charts look almost identical :)

Sass Class said...

Any idea why I keep getting a restricted thing when I try to pin this??? I have no idea what user name or password they want.

Amber Unger said...

I just LOVE the idea of labeling the apple parts! Simple, yet fun and important. (We introduced label writing last week, but it did not go so well. I think this will work better!) Thank you for the freebies!!! :)

Shannon said...

Thanks so much!!!

Unknown said...

I am a new follower and a new to the world of blogging this month. I just love your blog. Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas. =)

Barbara said...

Thank you! You are SO generous.

Grade ONEderful

First Grade and Fancy Free said...

We used the Johnny Appleseed printable today, THANKS SO MUCH! Loved it!

Deedee Wills said...

Thanks Chick-a-dee for the shout out!
We have had so much fun with apples this week. I think I have eaten more apple products this week than EVER!

Mrs. Wills Kindergarten

Meghan Mayhew said...

Great apple unit! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

I'm going to try the apple labeling with my kinders. I made the worksheet into a page my students can manipulate on the interactive white board. Thanks so much!

A Tale of 2 First Grades said...

It so pays to be behind sometimes, I can't wait to use all of your wonderful freebies and ideas next week! Thanks

Jan said...

Thanks for all the great ideas and activities!

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Mark said...

I like your fact/opinion piece, interesting link w/apples. I found some other good ideas at in their Johnny Appleseed unit.

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