I love learning about apples! It's a great way to start out the year. We went to an apple farm last week, which is always so fun. We get a hay ride through the apple orchard, a tour of the packing facility, and samples of their apples and apple cider. Here are a few things I do during my apple unit.
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Life cycle of an apple:
I read this cute book called Just a Seed. It's actually guided reading level E, so a good portion of your kiddos can read this themselves. We read it as a class. It's a cute book about a girl who throws out an apple seed and the book follows the seed until it becomes an apple tree. At the end an apple is picked from that tree and the seed is thrown out again. This is a great way to introduce the concept of a cycle. If you have an Edhelper subscription, (which I totally recommend), they have the cutest apple life cycle project! It illustrates the life cycle of an apple better than I could. Since I can't share that with you, I made a Read and Sequence to share with you. Sorry, it's not near as cool as the thing on edhelper. :)
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On this slide, the bee actually flies from one tree to the other. :)
Next, we go over the seasons of an apple tree. After reading about it, students color, cut and glue in the correct spot.
We review the scientific process with this experiment.
First, we observe what happens to an apple that is sliced and left out. Then we ask the question, "What could we put on an apple slice to keep it from turning brown?" Students make a prediction (hypothesize). They show their hypothesis by coloring the apples brown or yellow to show which liquid they think will keep the apple from turning brown. We test our hypothesis. I gather the class and pour the liquids on different apple slices. We wait, check, wait, check. Then we record our results and draw our conclusion.
At the end of our unit, we all bring in an apple and do these activities:
Sink or Float
There are SO many fantastic apple units out there. I have purchased some great units that fill in the gaps for my apple unit. You can download this mini unit at my TPT store.
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