If you're looking to try creating your own unit study, apples is a great topic
for a first time, primary age unit study. Easy because there are so many resources
already available that you can quickly pull together your unit study and spend
little if any money in the process.
Using the resources listed with this study, I've put together one possible
two-week unit study.
First, I'd definitely print out a copy of both Apples a Class Act, Teacher's
Guides from the US Apple Association. It's got a lot of very convenient
information and a variety of great activities.
Select a picture book about apples to read out loud.
Science: Dissect an apple. With moms help cut open an apple and look at all
the different parts. Use the apple parts chart in the Apples: A Class Act
guide and have the children make there own apple dissection diagrams.
How an apple grows.Read the book How Do Apples Grow? by Betsy Maestro.
Math: Purchase or check out the new book Apple Fractions. Read the book and
then cut apples into fractions.
Art: Use your apple pieces to do some apple printing. Use the instructions from
the Michigan Apple Education Kit at http://www.michiganapples.com/pg96prints.pdf.
Apple varieties: The booklet Apples: A Class Act Grades 4-6 has a good
brief description of ten different kinds of apples. Read about them here or
at Washington Apples (http://www.bestapples.com/varieties/index.html)
where they have pictures of each type of apple as well as a longer description.
Take a trip to the grocery store to find out what kinds of apples they stock
and purchase several for your science study.
Science: Use all five senses to describe several different varieties of apple.
Start with sight and try to write descriptions of the apples so that someone
who had never seen them could match each apple with its description. Use the
ideas in Apples & More's Science and Writing section to invesitgate your
apples with all your senses. http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/apples/edu-projects_5B.html.
How an apple gets to your table. Use information from the US Apple Association
to discuss how apples get from the orchard to your home. Additional information
is available at How Our Apples Get to Your Store at http://www.bestapples.com/grower/tostore.html.
Do the map project Major Apple Growing States at http://michiganapples.com/pg4usmap.pdf.
Find your own state and draw a line to it from all the major apple growing states.
Do other suggested activities as appropriate for the age of your children.
Math: Discuss the different ways of measuring a quantity of apples. Learn how
apples are measured.
3 medium sized apples make a pound. For more apple weights and measures visit
How to tell if an apple is ripe. Print and use the handout from Michigan Apples
that describes three ways to test if an apple is ripe and ready for harvest.
Write a short story about an apple's trip from the orchard to your fruit bowl.
Health and Nutrition
Read the health and nutrition sections of Apples: A Class Act P-3.
Make an accordian fold book with a health or nutrition fact about apples on
each page. Have children illustrate each of the facts they choose to include.
Cooking with Apples
Read How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman.
Different apple varieties work better in different recipes. Learn how to read
a chart by finding out which apple varities go best in a pie and which are better
for eating fresh. Chart available at http://www.michiganapples.com/pg25usage.pdf.
Select an apple recipe to make. Recipes are available at http://www.usapple.org/educators/applestore/recipes.txt
Read a story about Johnny Appleseed. This could be either a book like Steven
Kellogg's Johnny Appleseed or the online story at http://www.ruralvermont.com/vermontweathervane/issues/fall/97009/appleseed.html.
Discuss how a legend can begin with something that really happened but then
gets embellished. Use The Adventures of Johnny Appleseed (http://www.waga.org/pdf_files/jappleseed2.pdf)
to discuss what is true and exagerated in the Johnny Appleseed legend.
Have children solve the Johnny Appleseed hidden picture puzzle at http://www.niehs.nih.gov/kids/apples.htm.
Read 3 in 1: A Picture of God and discuss with your children. This is
a picture book that uses an apple to explain the concept of the Trinity to children.
Use the Apple Cinquain activity in Apples: A Class Act P-3. Have children
make a good copy of their poems on the apple writing paper available at http://www.dltk-kids.com/school/mteacherpaper.html.
Make stained glass apples following directions http://dcrafts.com/appart.htm.
Visit an apple orchard. Use the field trip resources at http://www.waga.org/teachers.html.
Apple Resources to Use in Creating Your Own Apple Unit Study
- Apples & More
This site created by the University of Illinois Extension is packed with all
kinds of information and activies concerning apples. The education section
has links to math, science, and social studies activities that use apples
as a basis for learning. You could create your entire unit on this site alone.
- Washington Apples
Lots of information about apples and apple growing industry. Learn how apples
are grown, graded, and distributed. The site includes health and nutrition
sections, recipes and a kids section.
- Michigan Apple Education
Pick the portions of this kit that fit in with your apple studies. Over 60
activity sheets for all areas of the curriculum. Activities include science
projects, craft ideas like apple head dolls, math worksheets, and many, many
- Apple Country Teacher
Lots of downloadable activities and links to more.
- Apple Field Trip Resources
Tips, a teacher's guide, and forms for writing a report about a visit to an
- US Apple
Printable activity booklets for Grades P-3 and 4-6. Many of the other listed
sites use information from this organization to create online resources. Get
it all here in easy to print Adobe pdf format. These are color booklets.
- The Real Johnny Appleseed
Appleseed by Frank B. McAllister
Tells the story of Johnny Appleseed.
Illustration with a brief discussions of the parts of an apple and a pear.
Uses scientific terminology.
- Apple Coloring Book
Print out and color your favorite Washington Apple characters.
- Apple Trivia Quiz
Take the quiz and test your knowledge of Washington apples.
- A Bushel of Facts About Wisconsin
An assortment of printable fact sheets, coloring pages, and activity pages
all dealing with Wisconsin apples.
- The Adventures of
- Johnny Appleseed Hidden
Find several items in the picture of Johnny Appleseed.
Activities for Kids
A variety of activities dealing with apples and Johnny Appleseed that include
printable handwriting paper, Johnny Appleseed songs, and an apple paper mache
Beaded Safety Pin
Pattern to make beaded safety pin jewelry with an apple motif.
- Apple Printing
Make a fun design, wrapping paper, decorate t-shirts, or a tote with apple
- Easy Dried Apple
Instructions for preparing your own dried apples and using them to create
a wreath, garland, or apple stacker.
- Apple Art
Apple painting, stained glass apples and much more.
Here is a sample of what is available. Please follow the preceding link
to see a complete list including descriptions.
Instant File-Folder Games, Grades K-2
and Pumpkins 250+: Autumn Activities
by Dayle M. Timmons
Both apples and pumpkins provide the basis for easy-to-use ideas in the
areas of literature; rhythm and rhyme; letters, language, and phonics; math
and science; cooking; manipulatives; arts and crafts; and field studies.
Do Apples Grow?
by Betsy Maestro (Author), Giulio Maestro (Illustrator)
Have you ever eaten a part of a flower? You have if you have eaten an apple!
Find out how an apple grows from bud to flower to fruit--ready for you to
to Make an Apple Pie and See the World
by Marjorie Priceman, T. Gates (Editor)
An apple pie is easy to make...if the market is open. But if the market
is closed, the world becomes your grocery store. This deliciously silly
recipe for apple pie takes readers around the globe to gather ingredients.
First hop a steamboat to Italy for the finest semolina wheat. Then hitch
a ride to England and hijack a cow for the freshest possible milk. And,
oh yes! Don't forget to go apple picking in Vermont! A simple recipe for
apple pie is included.
by Steven Kellogg
Here is the larger-than-life story of a true American hero--John Chapman,
better known as Johnny Appleseed. Along his way west, he planted apple orchards--and
became one of this country's most beloved legends. Full color.
Apple Themed Songs to